Dr. Ahmad Tibi is a member of the Arab Movement for Change and was first elected to the Israeli Knesset in 1999. He currently serves as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and head of the parliamentary committee of inquiry, which seeks to accommodate Palestinians through integration into jobs in the public sector. He has played a key role in the politics of the Palestinian-Israeli community, which constitutes approximately one fifth of Israel's population. He has also played a key role in relations between Palestinian-Israelis and Palestinians in the occupied territories and Dr. Tibi believes in the two-state solution and is recognized as a strong voice urging the coexistence of Jews and Arabs on the basis of equal political and civil rights. Dr. Tibi was born in Taybe, an Arab city in Israel, and studied medicine at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.