[Middle East News Service comments: The situation of Palestinian citizens of Israel (as they prefer to call themselves --“Israeli Arabs” in the Israeli
media parlance) has never been great. But this cry from the heart from a moderate voice suggests a serious
deterioration. It is a reason for alarm. Law after discriminatory law is being debated in the Knesset , attacks on the
community’s own MPs are getting stronger. While there are several readings for the laws to go through, the situation is
worsening rapidly, certainly the campaign against Zuabi is unabated. If you care about Israel, or its Palestinian
citizens or human rights generally, I strongly urge you to read and absorb Zuheir Andreus’ message.
Having had the pleasure of meeting Zuabi and having an interesting conversation in Hebrew with her I concur with
Andreus’ assessment of her as an uncompromising fighter for her party's principles both domestically and abroad
Please note that the MK herself spells her name Haneen Zoabi and for simplicity sake I have stuck with Haaretz’s rendition.
We are all ZuabiBy Zuheir Andreus
During the visit by leaders of the Palestinian community to Libya a few months ago, MK Hanin Zuabi (Balad ) stood out in
particular - the only woman in the "Arabs of 1948" delegation invited to visit Muammar Gadhafi. When we met with Gadhafi
in his tent in the town of Sert, this remarkable woman showed courage that is rare in these parts.
The leader preached to us and advised us to practice one of the tenets of Islam - marry four women and bring many
children into the world to fight the Israelis. Zuabi, who is known for her struggle for the rights of Palestinian women
in Israel, did not hesitate and pointed out to Gadhafi that his philosophy was not acceptable to her because it
oppresses women. The tent went silent. It's not customary to interrupt the leader, we had been told in the briefing
before the meeting. Gadhafi listened and simply went on with his speech.
This story proves that Zuabi is cut from tough and unyielding cloth - an uncompromising fighter for her party's
principles both domestically and abroad.