Palestinians call on participants & sponsors alike to withdraw their support from the annual race that also winds through city’s eastern section
By the Associated Press
Palestinians are calling for a boycott of a marathon race in Jerusalem that winds through the city’s eastern sector. Palestinians claim it as their capital.
‘Symbol of coexistence.’ Jerusalem marathon (archives) – Photo: Reuters
The third annual Jerusalem marathon takes place Friday. Previous races have drawn thousands of runners from around the world and attracted international brands as sponsors.
In a statement Tuesday, the Palestine Liberation Organization called on marathon participants and sponsors to withdraw their support. Continue Reading »
The PLO threatened Israel not to use the upcoming annual Jerusalem Marathon as an attempt to “Judaize” Jerusalem
With the Jerusalem Marathon set to take place March 1, the Palestinian Authority is warning Israel not to use the race to “Judaize” the city, presenting it as a “unified capital of Israel,” said the chairman of the PLO’s action committee, Ahmed Qureia. Qureia is also the head of the “Al-Aqsa Department” in the PA, and on Sunday he warned Israel to ensure that marathoners stay away from the Temple Mount, where the mosque is located.
Runners from some 50 countries are expected at this year’s marathon. Continue Reading »