She is a cyclist, but also a boxer. Malak Hassan loves sports — every sport. She is particularly fond of cycling, and because of this she has been one of the stars of last year’s “Freedom Ride,” a 500 km route between Palestine and Jordan. It’s a long ride, more than just an ordinary race, conducted in the name of the rights of the Palestinians and of Arab women.
In recent years, Hassan has traveled hundreds of kilometers on her bike, but always in the tiny Palestinian autonomous areas in the West Bank, never in Jerusalem. “I wish I could see the Tour of Italy (Giro d’Italia) and ride around the old city of Jerusalem, which is also our city. Unfortunately, the organizers of the Tour have thought only of collecting the millions of euros made available by Israel, without regard to our rights over the city and our rights as a people under occupation,” she says.
Hassan is one of the Palestinian activists of the #RelocateTheRace campaign, which for months has been asking the organizers of the 2018 Tour not to start the first stage of the race in Jerusalem, without success. We interviewed her in Ramallah, where Friday, in Manara Square, there was a demonstration to protest the Tour.