Sheikh Jarrah’s twin activists duo Mohammed and Muna El Kurd, have been drafted as part of American newspaper Times’ 100 most influential personalities of the year.
Prominent voices all throughout the last outbreak of violence and attacks by Israel onto Palestinian territories, the 23-year-olds passionately stood out through their incessant commentary and militancy regarding the struggle sharing insight, criticism and much needed knowledge on to the series of events that took place in May.
Their efforts to bring awareness and detail to the Palestinian struggle undeniably led to a hampering of the efforts of Israeli officials to displace locals from their quarter located in East Jerusalem. The two siblings, who found themselves on the global stage, were listed alongside other notable global figures including Iranian Nasrin Satoudeh or Japanese Naomi Osaka to mention just a few.
In Times’ words, the manner in which Muna and Muhammed “provided the world with a window into living under occupation in East Jerusalem this spring—helping to prompt an international shift in rhetoric in regard to Israel and Palestine.” That’s what made the two worthy of being part of the prestigious list.
Although honoured to be part of it and labelling this achievement as a positive development, Mohammed took to Twitter to express how merely sufficient this benchmark is to genuinely be a catalyst for change for Palestinians as well as to their dire situation.
— #SaveMasaferYatta (@m7mdkurd) September 15, 2021
Huge in symbolism, we only expect the pair to grow their claim with fame closely followed by an audience that is now more than ever willing to listen to other narratives than the ones already spun around most mediums of information.