On Monday, 21 May 2007, we spoke with Dr. Jamal Zahalka, Chairman of Balad, the National Democratic Assembly Party, at his office in the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem. Dr. Zahalka, a Palestinian citizen of Israel from Kfar Kara in the Galilee, has been a Member of the Knesset since 2003, becoming the head of Balad following the resignation of Azmi Bishara in April of this year. We talked with Dr. Zahalka about the work of the Balad Party; the implications of recently published political documents by leaders of the Israeli Arab community, which call for the legal transformation of Israel into a State for all its citizens; the Israeli establishment's reaction to these demands; and the social and political context of the current allegations and legal investigation against Azmi Bishara, the former head of Balad, for espionage and money laundering.

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