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Tawfiq Ziad (Arabic: توفيق زيّاد Hebrew: תאופיק זיאד), also transliterated as Tawfik Zayyad, 7 May 1929 - 5 July 1994) was a Palestinian Arab citizen of Israel, well-known for his "poetry of protest". Born in the Galilee, Zayyad studied literature in Russia. After returning home, he was elected mayor of Nazareth on 9 December 1973, as head of Rakah, a Communist party, a victory that is said to have "surprised and alarmed" Israelis. 
Elected to the Knesset in the 1973 elections on Rakah's list, Ziad was active is pressuring the Israeli government to change its policies towards Arabs - both those inside Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territories. A report he co-authored on Israeli prison conditions and the use of torture on Palestinian inmates was reprinted in the Israeli newspaper Al Ha-Mishmar. It was also submitted to the United Nations by Tawfiq Toubi and Tawfiq Ziad after their visit to Al-Far'ah prison on 29 October 1987. It was subsequently quoted from at length in a UN General Assembly report dated 23 December 1987, where it was described as, "Perhaps the best evidence of the truth of the reports describing the repugnant inhumane conditions endured by Arab prisoners." 
 Early death
At the time of his sudden death, he was still the Mayor of Nazareth, a member of the Israeli Knesset, and "a leading Arab legislator." He was killed on 5 July 1994 in a head-on collision in the Dead Sea Valley on his way back to Nazareth from Jericho after welcoming Yasser Arafat, the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, back from exile. 
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