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Palestinians protest Jerusalem marathon
Published Friday 21/03/2014 (updated) 22/03/2014 14:40
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More than 20,000 runners from 50 different countries take part
in the annual Jerusalem marathon in the Old City, on March 21,
2014.(AFP/Thomas Coex)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Some 100 Palestinians tried to disrupt the annual Jerusalem marathon on Friday, police said, as activists called for a boycott of the race through the Holy City.

"Around 100 demonstrators holding Palestinian flags tried, at two separate parts of the course, to disrupt the race," police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.

Police arrested four of them and dispersed the rest "with ease," she said, adding that the race had "continued as normal."

Some 20,000 people participated in Friday's marathon, in which Kenyan runner Ronald Kimbly raced to victory.

Pro-Palestinian activists oppose the Israeli-organized marathon, particularly its route through East Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed, in a move never recognized by the international community.

"The marathon is used to cover up Israel's image around the world while acting as a smokescreen to its illegal annexation of and gradual ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the occupied city," said a statement from a leading Palestinian movement to boycott Israel over its alleged human rights violations.

Police had restricted access to the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound on the day of the marathon, which bisects a small part of the Old City near where the compound is located.
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1 ) Tobias / USA
22/03/2014 01:13
Palestinians protest all the time, about everything, and typically violently, but typically achieve nothing.

2 ) How come NO ISLAMIC COUNTRY / has a
22/03/2014 10:42
MARATHON?

3 ) Jihane / Palestine/France
22/03/2014 15:56
How come @2 you're exposing your ignorance on the net. There're plenty of marathons in the muslim countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon ..... and also in Palestine !

4 ) @ Tobias-1 & "How Come"-2 / Reality
22/03/2014 16:02
1- They do achieve justifying what they call the "Occupation", and 2- Many Islamic countries have Marathons - Marathons of Blood, like in Sudan (Darfur), the "Arab Springs", and Syria's 4 year civil war !!

5 ) Mel / USA
22/03/2014 21:48
Israeli Jews protest too,remember!
These are the Jewish people who will turn Israel around to be a respected neighbor of FREE &self-determined,re-instated Palestine,according to ALL UN regulations & international laws.I will stand by these real "purity of arms" &"human dignity" Jews,as corrupted Zionism is swept away into the garbage bin with Nazism&Stalinism etc.Here,marathon runners read this & plug this lullaby into your headphones:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpMpHgw7yVk

6 ) Mel / USA
23/03/2014 02:10
p.s. #2: LOL! "No Islamic country...."Boy!Which enclaved colony/Yeshiva Revisionist school of Zionist indoctrination did you attend? Pfff!
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