An Arab politician and lawyer from Haifa, Odeh has led the far-left Hadash party since 2015 and headed the Joint List, a coalition of Arab-majority parties, in elections in 2019, 2020 and 2021. He served on the Haifa City Council from 1998 to 2005, and he credits that period for his openness to cooperation with Jews. He entered the Knesset in 2015. Odeh has advocated greater recognition of Mizrahi culture and Jewish history in Arab countries among Israelis and Palestinians.
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