Jamal Zahalka

Arab politician in Israel
Jamal Zahalka

Jamal Zahalka, Arab: جمال زحالقة , Hebrew: ג'מאל זחאלקה , (born January 11, 1955 in Kafr Qara) is an Israeli pharmacist and politician. He is political leader of Balad.

Zahalka is an Arab Israeli. He obtained several degrees in pharmacy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, including a PhD.

He has been a Member of Knesset since 2003. He has also been leading the Balad party since 2007, due to the flight of Azmi Bishara abroad. Since 2015 he has also been a The Joint List politician.

Zahalka compares Israeli's policy towards the Palestinian territories with the former apartheid system of South Africa.