Haneen Zoabi speaking tour of South Africa

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The Afro-Middle East Centre invites you to a series of public lectures presented by Israeli parliamentary member, Haneen Zoabi, during her tour to South Africa. Lectures will be held at venues in Cape town, Pretoria and Johannesburg between 16 - 20 April 2012.


Event schedule:

University of Pretoria

(Co-hosted by the Afro-Middle Centre and the Department of Political Sciences)

Title: Apartheid or democracy? The Palestinian experience in Israel

Date: Monday, 16 April 2012

Time: 10h30 – 12h00

Venue: 1-56, Graduate Centre, Hatfield Campus, UP

Cape Town

(Hosted by UCT Palestine Solidarity Forum & Open Shuhada Street)

Title: Can a state be Jewish and democratic? Perspectives from a Palestinian Member of the Israeli parliament

A panel discussion with: Haneen Zoabi (MK), Prof. Ben Turok (MP), & Judge Dennis Davis

Date: Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Time: 18h30 – 20h30

Venue: Metropolitan Methodist Church, corner of Burg and Longmarket street, Greenmarket square, Cape Town

 University of the Witwatersrand – Wolpe Dialogue

(Co-hosted by the Afro-Middle East Centre, the Department of Sociology & the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust)

Title: Palestinians in Israel: From oppressed national minority to catalysts for change

Date: Thursday, 19 April 2012

Time: 17h45 for 18h00

Venue: Southwest Engineering Building, ground floor, room 10, Wits University

Ahmed Kathrada Foundation  - Johannesburg

(Co-hosted by the Afro-Middle East Centre and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation)

Title: 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

 About the speaker: Haneen Zoabi is a Palestinian citizen of Israel and a member of the Israeli Knesset (parliament). She is a leading voice for the rights of Palestinians in Israel who, despite holding Israeli citizenship, are subjected to a myriad of discriminatory policies and practices. Ms. Zoabi has called Israel ‘inherently racist’ and has challenged the notion of it being a democracy. In 2010 she participated in the 'Freedom Flotilla' on board the MV Mavi Marmara which was attacked by Israeli Defense Force commandos and, more recently, she participated in the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Cape Town. Ms. Zoabi is under increasing attack for her outspoken position and was stripped of her parliamentary privileges for taking part in the flotilla. After her testimony at the Russell Tribunal - where she accused Israel of targeting dissenting voices - some fellow Knesset members attempted to have her stripped of her citizenship.

For more information, contact the Afro-Middle East Centre - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +27 11 880-0525

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