Dr. Ahmad Tibi
Dr. Ahmad Tibi is the current Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. He belongs to the Arab-Palestinian minority that managed to stay in the State of Israel after its creation in 1948. Dr. Tibi was born in the village of Taybeh in 1958. Located in central Israel, it is part of the “Arab triangle”. Dr. Tibi graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a degree in Medicine, specializing in gynecology. He is married and has two daughters.
After the Oslo Interim Agreement was signed between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Tibi became a close adviser to Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, participating in the Wye River negotiations. In 1999 Dr. Tibi, alongside a number of Arab intellectuals and civil society activists, formed the “Arab Movement for Change”, an Arab-Palestinian national party in Israel, being immediately elected to the Israeli Knesset.
Since then he has been repeatedly elected, becoming one of the most outspoken Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel. Among his many positions, he headed the Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry to Accommodate Arab citizens in the Israeli Public sector, holding dozens of hearings with ministers and officials. Dr. Ahmad Tibi has been considered one of the most prominent voices for the rights of the Palestinian people in general, and on behalf of the Palestinians in Israel in particular.
He has published numerous articles in Israel, Arab and international media and has participated in hundreds of international conferences, forums and meetings. Several opinion polls present him as the most popular Arab-Palestinian-Israeli politician, while Haaretz Newspaper selected him as one of the 50 most influential figures of the last decade.
Currently Dr. Tibi heads the Jerusalem Committee of the Joint Arab List.