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Gaza Athlete Still Running Despite Marathon Ban

Palestinian Olympic runner Nader Al-Masri stretches near his house in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, April 10, 2014.
Palestinian Olympic runner Nader Al-Masri stretches near his house in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, April 10, 2014.
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Kicking up dust on the back roads of northern Gaza within sight of the Israeli fence that seals off the enclave, Olympic athlete Nader Al-Masri is still training, despite being barred from competing in his people's largest sporting event.
 
Masri, who has participated in 40 international contests including the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, was denied a permit by Israeli authorities to travel to the occupied West Bank for the Palestine Marathon on Friday.
 
“I'm sad. This is a race for all Palestine and I wanted to participate, but unfortunately the Israeli side coldly rejected me,” said the 34-year-old policeman.
 
The Palestine Marathon, was inaugurated last year as an expression of statehood and of the right to free movement demanded by Palestinians.
 
This year it is being run against the backdrop of heightened diplomatic tensions, with Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on the verge of collapse amidst mutual recriminations
 
In a statement to Reuters, an Israeli government body in charge of permits said: “The marathon is supported by the Palestinian Authority and is tainted by political shades which delegitimize the State of Israel.”
 
It said Masri's case did not meet the requirements for travel out of Gaza, without elaborating.
 
He was also barred from running in last year's race - which starts in the West Bank town of Bethlehem and loops round a 10 km route.
 
Frontrunner
 
“I would've easily come in first ... I know my record and I know the other people's records,” Masri told Reuters.
 
As he trained near his hometown of Beit Hanoun, children sprinted to his side and tried to match his stride before falling back. Neighbors cheered “Nader” as he passed.
 
“People encourage me to continue my sport, telling me the ban isn't the end and there will be more contests,” he said.
 
Masri was one of 30 runners from Gaza whose permit requests were rejected by Israel, according to Gisha, an Israeli human rights group which litigated Masri's case up to the level of Israel's Supreme Court.
 
“The right to freedom of movement which should have been a central consideration was given no weight,” said Gisha spokeswoman Shai Grunberg.
 
“It would also seem to run counter to public statements made by security officials themselves about Israel's interest in facilitating normal life for civilians in Gaza,” she added.
 
Travel permits are not Palestinian athletes' only concern, Masri said, bemoaning a lack of government funding.
 
“As you see, we train in the streets and most of the time in areas adjacent to the border,” said Masri.
 
“Sometimes shots are fired as I run - not at me - but once a shell exploded 500 meters away,” he said.
 
Not far from where Masri trained, gunfire echoed and Palestinian medical officials later said two people collecting gravel from near the fence with Israel were wounded when soldiers opened fire to disperse them from the area.
 
The Islamist group Hamas runs Gaza after seizing control in 2007, ousting forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas one year after Hamas won parliamentary elections.
 
The takeover prompted an Israeli-led embargo on the Islamist faction which does not recognize Israel's right to exist.

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by: Shein Ariely
April 10, 2014 10:49 PM
I hope that one day you will run all over the world
I hope thay one day Israeli children will go to schools without the indiscriminated rockets firing by Paslestinians.

And for the time beiing.......


The story of the Frog and the Scorpion

On an old story, a Scorpion asked a Frog to carry him across a river.
The frog start caring the scorpion across the river when the scorpion stringed the frog, dooming them both.
When asked why, the scorpion points out that this is its nature.
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The modern times version of the story:
Actors:
Frog =Israel or Egypt
Scorpion=Gaza


Conclusion:
The natural behavior of ideologies using the terror tool is inevitable,no
matter how they are treated and no matter what the consequences

1:Goods crossing from Israel into Gaza in 2014:
Trucks over 5600
Tones more than 140.000
*** Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza fired at least 130 rockets into southern Israel targeting civilians.

2:Egypt open the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza for people and goods crossing>
*** Gaza transferred military equipment and terrorists to attack Egypt and fire
rockets from Sinai into Israel targeting civilians>


3: Palestinians have money to smuggle arms but not to care about vaccines for their population.
Israel provides vaccines to Gaza.

4: Palestinians are manufacturing rockets to be fired indiscriminately on Israel
civilians.
Israel provides the electricity to the manufacturing shops.

5: Palestinians fired rockets targeting the pumps supplying water to Gaza.
Israel is supplying free of charge water to Gaza.

6:Palestinians are firing rockets targeting Israeli hospitals.
On the same time women from Gaza delivered babies on the Israeli hospitals and thousand of Palestinian children are treated for problems they cannot get in Arab world.

7: Palestinians are using Ambulances for terror activities.
Israel e transfers of ambulances to Gaza

8:Palestinians build tunnels from Gaza into Israel for terror attacks.
Israel permits crossover of construction material.

9:Palestinians attack the Erez crosspoin.
Israel transfer goods into Gaza and civilians for medical treatment using the
Erez crosspoint
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Gaza people have a choice:
Leave peacefully with your neighbors and have a chance for a prosperous life
Or
Keep supporting the ideologies using the terror tool and bear the on sequences

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