Dear Secretary Clinton:
As a young Palestinian girl growing up in a patriarchal society – your speeches about women’s rights inspired me to imagine a world where gender equality could exist.
As first lady you famously declared ‘Women’s rights are human rights’.
That’s something I strongly believe too.
That’s why I was surprised to read your article in The Forward.
I was surprised because when you chose to speak about my homeland – not once did you mention Israel’s human rights violations against Palestinian women and children.
Even worse you described us as lurking terrorists motivated only by ‘incitement’ as if the Israeli military occupation does not exist.
I am not a terrorist.
I do not believe in the use of violence.
I am a young Palestinian woman who grew up under occupation and is trying to better my life through education.