What's Driving Israeli Islamist Leader Mansour Abbas?

He quotes the Koran as precisely as he cites Switzerland's Constitution. His campaign was flagrantly homophobic but he speaks differently in backrooms. He has no compunctions about cruelly turning his back on his associates. Mansour Abbas is now in position of unprecedented influence in Israeli politics. What’s next for him?

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An illustration of Mansour Abbas' face
Hilo Glazer
Hilo Glazer
Hilo Glazer
Hilo Glazer

The committee of Arab students that was active at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the 1990s was considered a breeding ground for young revolutionaries. Its representatives – activists who honed their views in tempestuous debates over lofty issues – usually belonged to the humanities, social sciences or law faculties. They would go on to take important roles in the intellectual elite of Israel’s Arab community. Mansour Abbas was not one of them.

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