Arab Athletes at the Maccabiah: Going for Gold, Seeking Recognition

While the Maccabiah charter states the Games are open 'to all Israeli citizens’ as well as 'to Jews from around the world,’ Arab participation is marginal and often fraught with ambivalent feelings.

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Husam Aruk , who lives in the Arab regional council of Yefiah close to Nazareth, turned 21 in February. Despite his youth, he has been part of the demanding world of gymnastics for 15 years, starting when he...