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Jamal Zahalka, PhD Biography

Title:
Member of Knesset, Israel (Balad Party - National Democratic Assembly)
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Balad is national democratic party defined by two political positions. One is the demand that Israel be a state of all its citizens, as opposed to Israel’s self-definition as a Jewish state, and two is cultural autonomy for Palestinians inside Israel.

Israel should be a state of all its citizens, not a state that belongs to one part of its population. Israel defines itself as a Jewish state. So, it’s not our state. It’s not just a question of definition or nature. It’s a question of substance, structure, aims, goals, policies, laws. Israel is not only a Jewish state. It is the state of many people who are not its citizens, because Israel claims to be the state of all Jews all over the world, including people who are living happily, with full citizenship and rights, in other countries.”

www.zmag.org, Feb. 28, 2007

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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Elected and serves in the Israeli Knesset (parliament) with the Balad Party (National Democratic Assembly, Israeli-Arab Party), 2003-present
  • Questioned by the police’s International and Serious Crimes Unit for making diplomatic visit to Syria and Lebanon without permission from Israeli government, 2006
  • National Democratic Assembly Parliamentary Group Chairman
  • Member, The Lobby for Closing the Social Gaps
  • Member, Social-Environmental Lobby
  • Member, Lobby for Jerusalem
  • Member, The Public Petitions Committee
  • Member, The Science and Technology Committee
  • Member, Education, Culture, and Sports Committee
  • Former Member, Labor, Welfare, and Health Committee
  • Former Member, Municipal Lobby
  • Former Member, Finance Committee
Education:
  • PhD, Pharmacy, Hebrew University Jerusalem
  • MA, Pharmacy, Hebrew University Jerusalem
  • BA, Pharmacy, Hebrew University Jerusalem
Other:
  • Born, Nov. 1, 1955, Kfar Kara, Israel
  • Is a practicing pharmacologist
Quoted in:
  1. Should Israel Be a Jewish State?