IOA interview with Haneen Zoabi: Challenge Zionism; demand equality and co-existence

Haneen Zoabi

Haneen Zoabi

The Israeli Occupation Archive – 14 Jan 2012

Haneen Zoabi is a Palestinian member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.  A member of the Balad party (the National Democratic Assembly), she has served as a Member of Knesset (MK) since 2009. Zoabi is known for her fierce opposition to Zionism, to the concept of Israel as a Jewish state which she sees as inherently racist and unjust, and to the Israeli occupation.  Instead, she envisions Arab-Jewish co-existence in Israel/Palestine, based on justice and equality, in a state for all its citizens. She also advocates replacing the Israeli occupation by a Palestinian state, and protecting the rights of Palestinian refugees.

Zoabi became known around the world after her participation in the Gaza Flotilla aboard the MV Mavi Marmara.  As a result, she has been viciously attacked by her Knesset colleagues, who were quick to remove several of her parliamentary privileges; was subjected to a lengthy legal investigation by the Israeli attorney general; was threatened with the revocation of her citizenship by the Interior Minister; was vilified by the Israeli media; and received threats, including death threats, from members of the Israeli public.  As prior IOA coverage of her work shows, Haneen Zoabi withstood these attacks with courage and dignity.

(interview on: /16.01.2012)

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