The school Hanan Ashrawi attended as a child was the Friends Girls
School, run by the Quakers. Being such, it was a secular institution
which had both Muslim and Christian students. In that setting, religion
was simply not an issue. Her teachers were supportive of the Palestinian
struggle, and when her father was imprisoned a teacher called him a
hero for speaking up against injustice. Thus, Ashrawi was insulated
at school as at home and it wasn’t until later that she learned
what a divisive issue religion was elsewhere.