Balad

The National Democratic Assembly (also known as Balad or Tajammu') is a secular Arab nationalist party, currently led by Mtanes Shehadeh. It is part of the Joint List; but ran together with Ra'am in the May 2019 elections as part of the joint Balad-Ra’am list.

Balad currently has 3 members of the Knesset: Mtanes Shehadeh; Heba Yazbak; and Sami Abu Shehadeh.

Balad's platform calls for Israel to become a "state for all its citizens", while emphasizing the Palestinian citizens' national identity and ties to the Arab world. Balad's Knesset members, particularly former MKs Azmi Bishara and Haneen Zoabi, were the subjects of fierce political attacks by Jewish-Israeli politicians, including successful motions to disqualify them from elections, which were overturned by Israeli Supreme Court.