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Balad Party (Israel)

BALAD Al-Tajmu'a Al-Watani Al-Demokrati

Last modified: 2007-09-15 by dov gutterman
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Full name in 2003 elections: BALAD - Brit Leumit Demokretit (Democratic National Joint).
Letter: Dalet.
Flag/logo: logo- Arabic name in orange on white
Remarks: Led by K.M Azmy Bshara whose candidancy disqualified by the central elections committee but was approved by the Supreme court.
Dov Gutterman, 17 and 28 January 2003

The image is based on photo from <>. It is the new flag of BALAD Party in the State of Israel.
Mikhail Revnivtsev, 23 October 2005

BALAD - Brit Le'unit Democratit (National Democratic Alliance - also to match the Arabic word for country/land) and in Arabic (as the inscription on the flag state) Al-Tajmua Al-Watani Al-Demokrati, is a Arabic-Israeli political party which was established in 1996 and have 3 Knesset members. The party manifest is based of the idea of Israel as the state of all its citizens, Jews and Arabs and fight for equal rights for the Arab citizens while preserving their Palestinian heritage and links.
Sources: <>, <>.
Dov Gutterman, 23 October 2005

BALAD is supposed to be the initials of the transliteration of the Arabic list name into Hebrew (Brit Leumt Democratit - National Democratic Alliance), however, this transliteration is almost never used by this list and the list name is really used because of its meaning in Arabic (= land).
The official name of the list and the party is only in Arabic: "al-Tajmua al-Watani al-Democrai – BALAD". The list used the letters Dalet (Hebrew) and Dal (Arabic) on the same ballot card.
This Arabic-Israeli party was founded in 1995. It is led by Azmi Beshara and its main goal is "making Israel the state of all its citizens" and "getting full civilrights for Israel Arabs"
The party uses its logo which incorporates the party name with the Arabic word al-Tajmua more prominent then others. The Flag is the logo in black on orange background [see: variant]. As car-flag, the inscription is shifted downwards and above it there is the ballot card with the letters "dalet" and "dal".
It had 3 seats in the 16th Knesset and kept its strength in the 17th. Website at <>.
Dov Gutterman, 26 March and 7 June 2006

The flag above is shown also at a photo here and also here.
Eugene Ipavec, 7 July 2007


image by Željko Heimer, 26 March 2006