Background: Al Azhar University, 2007
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We met Loujain in 2012, in Gaza, when she was a 19-years-old student.
❝I was always strongly inspired by my mother and tried to follow her in everything,❞ she told us.
❝She has a degree in English literature from Bir Zeit University. I grew up hearing great stories about this university and I decided to study there too.❞
However, Bir Zeit Univeristy is located in Ramallah, the West Bank, which ment that she could not get there unless Israel issued a special permit for that purpose.
❝In 2011, I finished my secondary school with very high marks and immediately applied to the Law Faculty at Bir Zeit. I applied for an exit permit through a human rights organization and was very disappointed to learn that my application was rejected by the Israeli security authorities.
❝I cannot see any legitimate reason why Israel would stop me from going to the university I want in my country. Israeli students can choose to study at any university they like in Israel.
❝Although I’ve started to study law at Al Azhar University in Gaza and already completed the first year, I would be happy to start again at Bir Zeit.❞