As the Israeli parliament dissolved this week and we are now headed to our fourth round of elections in two years, I'm happy that my guest today is a professional politician: Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament Heba Yazbak (Joint List).
Yazbak belongs to the National Democratic Assembly, known as the “Balad” party, a Palestinian nationalist party that supports the creation of a Palestinian state in the territories Israel occupied in 1967 and opposes Israel’s definition as a Jewish state.
It’s members have been targeted by the Jewish right wing and they see constant attempts to block them from running for office. Yazbak herself was almost disqualified for past statements on social media where she was accused of supporting terrorists, but the Supreme Court eventually let her run.
We talk about those efforts, about the upcoming elections of course, and the situation that the Joint List is in these days, and a whole lot more.