Dr. Azmi Bishara is member of the Knesset and founding member of the National Democratic Assembly (NDA). In 1974, he established the first National Committee of High School students, and in 1976 was instrumental setting up the Committee for the Defense of Arab Lands and the first National Arab Student Union. he joined the faculty of Bir Zeit University in 1986, and went on to head the philosophy and political science departments. Dr. Bishara was the director of research at the Van Leer Institute between 1990 and 1996 and was active propagating the Palestinian cause during the Intifada. Dr. Bishara publishes in Arabic, English, German and Hebrew, writing articles and editing books on issues of nationalism, national minority rights in Israel, democracy and civil society, Islam and democracy and the Palestinian question both in Israel and outside the Green Line. He is the author of two books, A Contribution to the Criticism of Civil Society, and A Reading in a Ruptured Political Discourse.