June 21, 2014

Hamas' Unlikely Female Voice

Julia Amalia Heyer, Der Spiegel

The Associated Press

Isra al-Mudallal knows that she offends others. "Not many people like me," she says after the conference, and it doesn't seem to bother her much. She shakes men's hands and issues orders to them in English. She went to school in Bradford, England for five years, while her father was completed his Ph.D. "There, there was snow, colors, shopping malls," she says. "Here the kids play with garbage." Unlike her brother and sister, she returned to Gaza. She liked life in England, she says, but it wasn't her life. Even so, the first few months after her return were difficult and she often found herself wondering how people could live without the tiniest of luxuries -- and sometimes, without even basic necessities.

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