Israeli-Palestinian politician at Feile event

Haneen Zoabi.
Haneen Zoabi.

A controversial Israeli-Palestinian politician will be in Derry next week to speak at a Feile 2012 event.

Haneen Zoabi - the first woman to be elected on an Arab party’s list to the Knesset, the Parliament of Israel - will be in the city on Wednesday, August 8, to address an event at the local HQ of UNISON which is located on the corner of Clarendon Street and Queen Street at 8pm.

Haneen Zoabi, a Palestinian citizen of Israel who rose to international prominence following the Israeli attack on the 2010 Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, is described as a feminist, educationalist and parliamentarian.

Elected as a BALAD party representative in 2009, she has become one of the state’s most outspoken critics, and thus, one the most controversial politicians in the Knesset.

Ms Zoabi, who was on board the Mavi Marmara ship when it was stormed by Israeli commandos, condemned the raid in Israel’s parliament as “a pirate military operation”.

Her involvement led to her being portrayed as a hate figure by the Israeli right.

Ms Zoabi campaigns for equal rights for all Israel’s citizens and for an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories.

Describing her quest for equality she has said: “The problem is not simply the terms of citizenship: we want to be equal to the Jews, but also, as the indigenous people, this homeland belongs to us.”