Speed Sister Betty Saadeh

With her bright orange pedicure, Michael Kors handbag and skinny jeans, Maysoon Jayyusi hardly looks like a Palestinian speed racer — until she gets behind the wheel. The minute she starts up her SUV, she’s off — coursing ahead of the rest of the traffic, weaving among bewildered locals in the crowded streets of the West Bank city of Ramallah. It’s easy to see why the team she heads — the Middle East’s first female speed racing team — has been dubbed the “Speed Sisters”.The race team is made up of six Palestinian women, who have become local celebrities and have even been featured in a documentary. ‘Speed Sister’ Betty Saadeh says that racing provides an outlet to be free of social demands. She pins her racing ambitions on a family history of racing, as well as the stress of Israeli occupation.