At the Clinton Global Initiative, I interviewed Palestinian-American businessman Hani Masri, founder of Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, an institution based in Nablus in the West Bank of Palestine that is committed to improving the lives and opportunities of young Palestinian women.
Masri’s comments are richly filled with a frustration of years of trying to end the occupation of Palestine and move to a stable, peaceful situation with Israel. He is now working to build capacity and institutions in Palestine that are not dependent on Israel or negotiators.
Recently, I also interviewed Cherie Blair of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women who has partnered with Masri’s operation to provide women who graduate from Tomorrow’s Youth with career counseling and resource help after they leave the program.
Masri has also helped co-found a new political blog that is informally tied to TWN called The Palestine Note.
— Steve Clemons