Marah Zahalka was 11 years old when she first got behind the wheel of her family's Volkswagen Golf in the small, conservative city of Jenin, in the West Bank. Her mother, a driving instructor, had gotten sick of listening to her daughter begging to drive and so, carefully, she helped Zahalka adjust the front seat, start the engine and slowly lower her foot onto the gas.
As it turned out, the kid was a natural, and shortly after getting her licence at age 17, she began competing regularly in racing events held throughout the Palestinian territory. Now, almost 20, she's still living with her parents and still driving the same Golf, but with a lofty goal.
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