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Department of Political Sciences

Public Seminar: Apartheid or democracy? The Palestinian experience in Israel

By Shirley de Villiers

Posted on 05 April 2012

The Department of Political Sciences and the Afro-Middle East Centre are hosting a seminar on the topic: “Apartheid or democracy? The Palestinian experience in Israel”. The seminar will take place on 16 April and will be presented by Haneen Zoabi.

Haneen Zoabi is a Palestinian citizen living in Israel. She is a member of the Israeli Knesset (parliament), where she represents the Balad Party. Zoabi is the leading voice for the rights of Palestinians living in Israel who, despite holding Israeli citizenship, are subjected to a myriad of discriminatory policies and practices. Her position and actions have led to her coming under fire increasingly in Israel.

Most recently, some fellow members of the Knesset called for her to be stripped of her citizenship after she had given evidence at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (held in Cape Town last year), where she testified to Israel’s crackdown on dissenting voices. Zoabi also took part in the “Freedom Flotilla” to Gaza in 2010 and was on board the MV Mavi Marmara when it was attacked by the Israel Defence Forces. 

Monday, 16 April 2012
Time: 10:30–12:00
Venue: UP Postgraduate Centre 1-56
RSVP: Mrs Wilma Martin ( / 012 420 2034) no later than 12 April

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