After leaving the Friends Girls School, Hanan Ashrawi
attended college at the American University of Beirut. While at first
she hoped to become a doctor like her father, she was dissuaded and
proceeded to change majors to physics and finally English, inspired
partially by her father’s love of language. During the Six Day
War, she was at the university, twenty years old, and an exile from
her home. Her circumstances pushed her towards the Palestinian revolution.
Hanan Ashrawi was born in October of 1946, just before the UN Partition
Plan in 1947 which, combined with following events, created charged
political atmosphere, encouraging action.