Mnar Muhawesh was nine years old when her family moved to Jerusalem from Minnesota. But even then, Mnar quickly realized she had moved into apartheid.
“I saw road blocks, checkpoints, the building of the wall and families being separated from each other” she says from her meeting room in Minneapolis, Minn.
A year later, when her family returned to Minnesota, Muhawesh was shocked to learn that no one understood what was happening in Palestine and throughout the Middle East. “I turned to the media for answers. But all I saw was fear mongering or people being labeled from a religious and Orientalist perspective.”