New issue of The Link: “The Checkpoints,” by Rawan Yaghi
The Link, published on a bi-monthly basis, is the primary education and information tool of Americans for Middle East Understanding. For the first two decades of its existence, The Link was virtually the only national periodical published for a diverse audience by an American non-profit organization that persistently challenged the prevailing myths and stereotypes about Arabs, Muslims and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
About This Issue
We first meet Rawan Yaghi as a 19-year-old Palestinian trying to navigate her way through an Israeli checkpoint.
By the end of our article she has finished her BA in Italian and Linguistics at the University of Oxford, where she was awarded the first Junior Members’ Scholarship at Jesus College, a student-led initiative for a student from Gaza.
She put the finishing touches on her article in Jordan, where she is currently waiting for permission from the Israelis to go back home.
Rawan represents a new generation of Palestinians who have spent their whole lives in the world’s largest maximum security prison, where the only way in or out is through the detested and dehumanizing checkpoints.