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Asma Agbarieh-Zahalka

Asma Agbarieh-Zahalka

Sector : Media , Journalists

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : Palestine
  • Gender : Female
  • Born in : 1973
  • Age : 44
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Asma Agbarieh-Zahalka is a Palestinian journalist and political activist who heads the Organization for Democratic Action (Da'am) party. She is the only Israeli Arab woman to head a political party.
Agbarieh was born to a conservative Muslim family and raised in Jaffa. In 1995, after completing her undergraduate studies at Tel Aviv University in Arabic literature and in education and teaching, she started work as an editor for al-Sabar, the Arabic-language edition of the magazine Etgar (challenge) published by the newly founded Da'am party. She joined the party and became active in its socio-political activities, focusing on the city’s housing shortage, quality of education, and the status of women.

In 2000, she founded and directed the East Jerusalem branch of the Workers’ Advice Center - 'Ma’an', that provides assistance to non-unionized workers and the unemployed. In 2002, she relocated to the Ma'an branch in the Triangle, where she worked on projects aimed at finding employment for laborers and the unemployed in various fields, and in youth education, as well as a project to help those affected by the Wisconsin Project.
 
She was a candidate for Da'am in the elections for the 2003 elections, and headed its list for the 2006, 2009 and 2013 elections. On each occasion the party failed to cross theelectoral threshold.
In November 2008 she ran for mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo and a seat on its city council. The party received 0.45% of the ballots, which fell below the threshold percentage.
She is married to actor and contractor Musa Zahalka. The couple has an infant son, born in January 2009, to whom they gave the universalistic name Adam.

Despite her upbringing, she is now critical of Islam because of its restrictions against women and Sharia law. She is an atheist.
 

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