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A member of the Israeli Parliament, Ms Aida Touma-Suleiman, will be the guest speaker at a public meeting on Palestine and Israel, which will take place in the Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo, on this Sunday 7th of August commencing at 8.00.p.m.


Ms Touma-Suleiman, who was born in Nazareth, founded the Arab feminist group Women Against Violence in 1992 and she has been its CEO since its foundation.  She is editor-in-chief of Al-Ittihad, the Arab-language daily newspaper.


As a candidate for the left wing political coalition Hadash, Ms Touma-Suleiman was elected to the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) in 2015 and is the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on the status of women and gender equality.


Cllr Declan Bree, of People First, which is hosting the meeting, said, “This promises to be a very informative event.   It will be the first occasion that a member of the Israeli Parliament will address a meeting in the West of Ireland and we feel privileged to have her speak in Sligo.


“Aida has been involved in politics since her teens.  She is a political activist who believes in the right of the Palestinian people to exist in an independent state and she has consistently called for Israel to end the occupation of the Palestinian territories.” said Cllr Bree.


1. Jim Monaghan - August 7, 2016

Interesting politician. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aida_Touma-Suleiman
She founded the Arab feminist group Women Against Violence in 1992, and has been its CEO since its foundation. She joined the Hadash party, later becoming editor in chief of Al-Ittihad, an Arabic language newspaper owned by the Israeli Communist Party, a faction in Hadash. She also became the first female member of the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel. She also co-found the International Women’s Commission for a Just Palestinian-Israeli Peace.[1]

She was placed 47th on its list for the 1992 elections, in which it won only three seats. She was 36th on the Hadash–Balad for the 1996 elections, although the alliance won only five seats. In the next elections in 1999 she was 28th on the Hadash list, again failing to enter the Knesset.

The 2009 elections saw her placed fifth on the Hadash list, but the party won only four seats. After contesting the second place on the party’s list for the 2013 elections against the incumbent Hana Sweid, a victory for Sweid meant that she was placed 98th on the party’s list.

Prior to the 2015 elections Hadash joined the Joint List, an alliance with Balad, the United Arab List and Ta’al. Touma-Suleiman was placed fifth on the Joint List list,[2] and was elected to the Knesset as the alliance won 13 seats.[3] She is also only the fourth Arab Israeli woman to become a member of the Knesset, following Hussniya Jabara (Meretz), Hanin Zoabi (Joint Arab List) and Nadia Hilou (Labor).[4]

Speaking in the Knesset, she has shared her views on the path to peace: “The Palestinian people will continue to struggle as long as there’s an occupation. The only way for true humane security for the two peoples consists of an end to the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state with its capital in eastern Jerusalem.”[5]

In June 2015 she was elected to head the Knesset’s Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality. Suleiman was appointed to this position through a unanimous vote. She has attended hearings of the committee since 1992. Suleiman noted that is planning for cooperative efforts with the Ministry for Social Equality head, Gila Gamliel, who is also responsible for gender equality.[6]

In an interview with an American Jewish student newspaper in 2016, Suleiman she explained in “eloquent” English that she condemned Saudi Arabia and other gulf nations that support such terrorist organizations as ISIS. She also spoke of Hezbollah, Israel and the current situation: “as a woman living in a place that suffered Hezbollah’s bombardment, when there was a need to condemn the bombing of a civilian population, we were the first to do so. And when it was necessary to condemn the Israeli government – we did that too. I believe that this gives us the right to make complex observations, since the situation is complex.”[7]


2. dublinstreams - August 7, 2016

“Cllr Declan Bree, of People First” People First, never heard of it before but it seems to his own Sligo based grouping.


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