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Jamal Zahalka

Jamal Zahalka

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Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1955
  • Age: 61
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Dr Jamal Zahalka (born 11 January 1955) is a Palestinian who serves as a member of the Knesset representing the Balad party. He is a Balad party leader.

Zahalka studied pharmacy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, earning a BA, MA and PhD, and then worked as a pharmacist. His doctoral thesis was on the physiological properties of hashish.

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's leader. He headed the party's list in the 2009 elections, and was returned to the Knesset as the party won three seats.

Zahalka is an active member of Knesset, and is a member of the Education, Culture, and Sports Committee; the Committee on Drug Abuse; and the Economic Affairs Committee in the 18th Knesset.

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


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