He Turned a Village High School Into Israel's Best. Now He Dreams to Change the Entire Country

Ali Salalha led his high school in a Druze community in northern Israel to become a national success story. From his new position as a recently elected Member of Knesset, he has even greater plans for the future

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Ali Salalha at his home in Beit Jann last month.
Ali Salalha at his home in Beit Jann last month.Credit: Amir Levy
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz

After earning the highest levels of recognition in their field, other school principals might have chosen to rest on their laurels and take it easy once they hit retirement age. Not Ali Salalha.

No sooner had he handed over the reins at one of Israel’s most storied high schools, he was busy launching a second career – this time as an Israeli lawmaker. About two months ago, the 69-year-old grandfather – a resident of the remote Druze village of Beit Jann in northern Israel – was sworn into the Knesset as a member of the left-wing Meretz party.

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