In his youth, he studied in a yeshiva not far from Hebron, so he has intimate knowledge of the settlers, including the younger generation. He was (2007) a graduate student at Stanford but is (2010) active in the demonstrations at Sheikh Jarrah.
Akiva Eldar reports: 
Assaf Sharon and Avner Inbar met 10 years ago when they were involved in a Hebrew University students' group against the occupation. In 2006 both were accepted for doctoral studies in the United States in political philosophy - Sharon at Stanford University and Inbar at the University of Chicago.
Sharon, 35, was born in Tel Aviv to a religious family and is married with two children. Inbar, a native of Jerusalem, is 31 and married. In the summer of 2009 they completed their course and teaching requirements and returned to Israel to write their doctoral theses, on the way to quiet academic careers.
The sight of the Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah who were thrown out of their homes onto the street changed the two young men's lives. Every Friday, they have shown up at the outskirts of the Palestinian neighborhood opposite the police checkpoints, distributing stickers saying, "There is no sanctity in an occupied city." They also hand out information brochures and observe the growing group of leftists joining the protest.
The two doctoral students, the religious Tel Avivian and the secular Jerusalemite, have discovered that the struggle over Sheikh Jarrah has become the way to revive the Israeli left and build a bridge connecting Jews and Arabs. They were drawn into the vacuum between Kadima and Hadash left by the failing Labor Party, confused Meretz and somnolent Peace Now.