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|Date of birth||11 January 1955|
|Place of birth||Kafr Qara, Israel|
|Knessets||16, 17, 18, 19, 20|
|Faction represented in Knesset|
He was first elected to the Knesset in 2003 on Balad's list, and was re-elected in 2006.
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.
Views on the treatment of Palestinians by Israel
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.
- Jamal Zahalka on the Knesset website
- A State of all its Citizens: An interview with Jamal Zahalka ZNet Magazine, 28 February 2007