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Palestine's second marathon underway in Bethlehem
Published Friday 11/04/2014 (updated) 11/04/2014 18:25
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Bethlehem's second annual marathon was underway early Friday, with around 3,200 participants from Palestine and around the world participating.

Bethlehem governor Abdel Fatah Hamayel and Mayor Vera Baboun welcomed the runners in Manger Square.

Police blocked off routes throughout the city, and Red Crescent medics supervised runners' progress.

Last year about 500 runners took part in different legs of the race.

On Tuesday, the Israeli High Court of Justice turned down an appeal by the human rights group Gisha on behalf of Gaza runner Nadir al-Masri who was denied entry to the West Bank to compete in the marathon.

Al-Masri, 34, was also denied entry to the West Bank in 2013 to compete.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
11/04/2014 15:46
Mabrouk to all the participants in what appears to have been a great apartheid event. Oh yes, Israelis were banned from participating. You anti-Israel fanatics would turn purple with rage, but many of the participants finished the race, then went to the Rami Levi store in Gush Etizion to buy some food and drink. Rami Levi is an Israeli store where Palestinians and Settlers work and shop side by side. We live the real day-to-day-peace that you don't want. We will make peace despite your hate.

2 ) Mel / USA
11/04/2014 16:29
#@:"We live the real day-to-day peace.."? Dream on Brain. Keep eating the hasbara they give you,then go out to the OCCUPIED TERRITORIES if you dare step out of your hermetically sealed BUBBLE? Or better still,go back to your "Lehava"(SOS Israel)mob &rabbi Malka &Gopstein who imposed boycotts &mock kosher stickers of Jewish businesses employing Arabs,in Gush Etzion!"Any Jewish woman who goes with an Arab should be killed"!(Rabbi Itah:BatYam school).

3 ) l / uk
12/04/2014 02:22
You are mistaking who is causing the apartheid. No one with a conscious should accept to live in and stand for a place that treats the other side the way they do

4 ) Tan Ki / EU
12/04/2014 21:34
Sometimes the boundary lines between apartheid, resistance and collaboration become blurred, depending on the perspective and location of the individual. Those who have lived through the destructive forces of war, such as having their home directly hit by a bomb, will not so readily embrace 'the other side' until true peace comes. Others, upon whom the effects of warfare & occupation are minimal, may take an alternative view. Each must examine their conscience & moral principles. Hope for peace.
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