To run a marathon: Beyond politics, across the separation barrier
Passing the starting line of the first Palestine Marathon, I put aside the fact that Israeli law prohibits me from attending, and that the Palestinian Authority ordered I not participate: I had to come and run.
As the 42-kilometer race begins, some 200 runners and I push through the red-green-and-blue balloon arch that marks the starting line of the first Palestinian marathon in the West Bank – a race that Israeli law prohibits me from attending, that the Palestinian Authority ordered I not run, that the organizers tried to bar me from. But I had to come to run.
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