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Jamal Zahalka
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Date of birth 11 January 1955 (1955-01-11) (age 55)
Place of birth Kafr Qara, Israel
Knessets 16th, 17th, 18th
Party Balad

Dr Jamal Zahalka (Arabic: جمال زحالقة‎, Hebrew: ג'מאל זחאלקה‎, born 11 January 1955) is an Israeli Arab politician. He is the leader of Balad, which he represents in the Knesset.



Zahalka studied pharmacy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, gaining a BA, MA and PhD, before working as a pharmacist.

He was first elected to the Knesset in 2003 on Balad's list, and was re-elected in 2006.

After Azmi Bishara fled the country, Zahalka became Balad leader. He headed the party's list in the 2009 elections, and was returned to the Knesset as the party won three seats.

Zahalka lives in Kafr Qara and is married with three children.

Views on Palestinian Treatment

Zahalka describes Israel's political discourse about the Palestinians as revolving around the ideas of separation, apartheid, and transfer. He argues that an apartheid system is already in place, with the West Bank and Gaza Strip separated into "cantons," and Palestinians required to carry permits to travel between them.[1][2]

See also


  1. ^ New Laws Legalize Apartheid in Israel For the Record No. 116, June 11 2002
  2. ^ Worldwide events mark ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ Ynetnews, 9 February 2007

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