Gutierrez stands with Palestinian activist Haneen Zoubi

Gutierrez stands with Palestinian activist Haneen Zoubi
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Gutierrez stands with Palestinian activist Haneen Zoubi

U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez spoke strongly in defense of Palestinian Rights this week introducing visiting Palestinian-Israeli Knesset member Haneen Zoubi at a fundraiser for the Jerusalem Fund held on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.

Attendees raised more than $100,000 at the event to support medical relief efforts for victims of diabetes. It was held by the Jerusalem Fund to help the Palestinian diabetes centers in Palestine al-Beirah, Nablus, and Hebron in occupied Palestine.

The event was held at the Alhambra Palace Restaurant at 1240 W. Randolph Street. Zoubi is appearing at fundraisers in several American cities including in Dallas. Nearly $1200,000 was raised last week organizers said.

Palestinian activists Moheyaldeen Dabbah and MK Haneen Zoubi at the Chicago event at Alhambra Palce which featured an appearance by Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Palestinian activists Moheyaldeen Dabbah and MK Haneen Zoubi at the Chicago event at Alhambra Palce which featured an appearance by Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Zoubi has been a member of the Knesset since 2009 and is a member of the Arab coalition of officials called The Joint List which brings together Arab Israeli Knesset members into one coalition speaking out in favor of Palestinian rights and against racism and discrimination by the Israeli government.

Haneen Zoubi poses with Chicagoland businessman Nemer Ziyad

Haneen Zoubi poses with Chicagoland businessman Nemer Ziyad

Here are two videos of MK Zoubi’s speech to attendees:

In addition to events hosted in Dallas, organized by Dr. Eid Mustafa, and in Chicago organized by Naser Rustum, a third fundraiser was held in Washington D.C.

Below are brief remarks made by Congressman Gutierrez.

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