Middle East

Apr 14, 2014

Running from war to create a new Palestinian narrative

Palestinians ran for peace in only the second Palestine Marathon on Friday. Kim Wilkinson, a Middle East academic, reports from Bethlehem on an event that makes a peaceful protest.

The travel agent explained to me that if there were any violence — such as a bombing or a violent protest — during my time in Palestine that I would not be covered under insurance because this would be considered “an act of war”. This seemed a little extreme, but it is this perception of Palestine as a place of perpetual conflict and violence that the Palestine Marathon is trying to counter.

The marathon, which was held for only the second time last Friday, was a peaceful display of hope for a different Palestine. Palestinian runners participated alongside international runners from over 39 countries to raise awareness of Palestinians’ lack of freedom of movement.

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