How a German Businessman Ended Up Representing Palestine in Rio

Christian Zimmermann, 55, stands out among the other members of the Palestinian Olympic team. Though it is unclear how he gained a Palestinian citizenship, his curious story seems to be a mix of both ideology and opportunism.

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Among the six athletes on the Palestinian team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, one very non-Palestinian person stands out: an older, European-looking man named Christian Zimmermann. He is a...