WATCH: Aida Touma-Suleiman, Joint Arab List MK: Why Are We Asked to Condemn Only Palestinian Violence?

The longtime anti-violence activist explains how Arab women can make a special contribution toward the peace processes, and why she believes BDS is legitimate and not anti-Semitic.

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Aida Touma-Suleiman
Aida Touma-SuleimanCredit: Rami Shllush

Aida Touma-Suleiman joined the Knesset earlier this year as a representative for the Joint Arab List, but she has a long history of civic activism, including founding the Arab feminist group Women Against Violence two decades ago. Yet despite her strong public stance against violence of all kinds, Touma-Suleiman explains to Haaretz why she’s not willing to condemn recent violence by Palestinians.

Touma-Suleiman sat with Haaretz’s Aimee Amiga during the Israel Conference on Peace to talk about violence, as well as how women make a special contribution to politics and the Palestinian cause. She also describes what she sees as the merits of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, which, she says, is not anti-Semitism. Watch the full interview.