Sara Daghmosh is furious. She is in a huff as she enters the Italian Center for Cultural Exchange-VIK, named after the activist and writer Vittorio Arrigoni, who was killed in Gaza in 2011.
“Meri, they have rejected my application! I don’t understand. I had the right qualifications to attend that university course (in Italy), and instead I have to wait another year,” the young Palestinian tells Meri Calvelli, the head of the center. She opens the files on her computer to show that she followed the procedure to the letter.
Calvelli reads everything carefully. “You’re right,” she admits, “everything is in order. I’m afraid that the university gave a negative response because so many Palestinian young people have applied for that course.”