Dear Friends, 

Haneen Zoabi is a member of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) and will be speaking at several AMEC events this week, below find her speaking schedule.

Zoabi is a leading voice for the rights of Palestinians in Israel who are subjected to a myriad of discriminatory policies and practices. She has previously called Israel ‘inherently racist’ and has challenged the very notion of it being a democracy. In 2010 she participated in the 'Freedom Flotilla' on board the Mavi Marmara ship which was attacked by Israeli Defense Force (IDF) commandos and resulted in the killing of 9 humanitarian workers by the IDF. More recently, she participated in the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Cape Town, click here to watch Haneen Zoabi giving testimony at the tribunal on Israel's apartheid policies.
Ms. Zoabi is under increasing attack for her outspoken position. After her address at the Russell Tribunal, Israeli Knesset Members undertook parliamentary efforts to revoke her citizenship. However, human rights advocates, activists and politicians worldwide have come to Zoabi's defense. In November 2011, the General Secretary of COSATU, Zwelinzima Vavi, made this public intervention in support of Haneen Zoabi:
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Topic: Apartheid or democracy? The Palestinian experience in Israel
Date: Monday, 16 April 2012
Time: 10h30 – 12h00
Venue: 1-56, Graduate Centre, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria
Hosts: University of Pretoria Department of Political Sciences and the Afro-Middle East Centre
Topic: Can a state be Jewish and democratic? Perspectives from a Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament
Date: Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Time: 18h30 – 20h30
Guests: Haneen Zoabi (MK), Prof. Ben Turok (MP) & Judge Dennis Davis
Venue: Metropolitan Methodist Church, Longmarket street, Cape Town
Hosts: University of Cape Town Palestine Solidarity Forum  & Open Shuhada Street
Topic: Palestinians in Israel: From oppressed national minority to catalysts for change
Date: Thursday, 19 April 2012
Time: 17h45 for 18h00
Venue: Southwest Engineering Building, University of the Witwatersrand
Hosts: University of the Witwatersrand Department of Sociology, Afro-Middle East Centre, and the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust
Topic: Are some parliamentarians more equal than others? The experience of a Palestinian member of Israel's Parliament
Date: Friday, 20 April 2012
Time: 18h00
Venue: Sci-Bono Auditorium, Newtown, Johannesburg
Hosts: Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Afro-Middle East Centre
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