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Surfing in Palestine: Everyday Life in the Occupied Territories News Roundup
Thembi Mutch, The Guardian

Surfing in Palestine: Everyday Life in the Occupied Territories

alestinians were baffled when Tanya Habjouqa first explained her photographic project to them. “They felt a political obligation to talk about their suffering,” she says. “They were startled when I asked about pleasure. They would slowly ask, ‘Pleasure? We don’t usually discuss pleasure.’

on May 22, 2016
Gaza Teenager Runs for Palestine News Roundup
Lena Odgaard, Al Jazeera

Gaza Teenager Runs for Palestine

Tying the shoelaces of her bright green trainers, Inas Nofal prepares for her daily morning run. As Gaza's first and only competitive female runner, the 15-year-old makes heads turn when she races down the streets. "Running is my life," Nofal told Al Jazeera. "Before I go to sleep, I think about which routes I'll run the next day."

on May 6, 2016
In Palestine, Women Run for Their Rights News Roundup
Lena Odgaard, Play the Game

In Palestine, Women Run for Their Rights

When the sun rose over Bethlehem on April first, the streets were already buzzing with life. Families lined up along the sidewalks and police officers tried to direct a few confused drivers off the main roads. In the meantime, thousands of people in white t-shirts with ‘Right to Movement’ written over the chest flocked to the ancient Manger Square in front of one the world’s most famous Christian sites, the Church of Nativity.

on May 3, 2016
Running Through Conflict: The Palestine Marathon Op-Eds & Analysis
Gill Bland, The Gaurdian

Running Through Conflict: The Palestine Marathon

“It was amazing!” Anyone who knows a marathon runner has heard those words, or something similar, from an adrenaline-fuelled finisher on their post-race high. But this runner’s passion and excitement was fuelled by a very different reason. For my friend Miriam, the Palestine Marathon was not about time or even about being able to say she had run a marathon.

on April 5, 2016
More Than 100 Gaza Athletes Barred From Running in Palestinian Marathon News Roundup
Jack Khoury, Haaretz

More Than 100 Gaza Athletes Barred From Running in Palestinian Marathon

Israel has effectively barred more than 100 Gaza runners from participating in a Palestinian marathon in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Friday, by failing to issue permits for the athletes to leave the coastal territory. The Palestinian Athletics Union in Gaza and the Palestinian Olympic Committee in Ramallah compiled a list pf potential participants and reported they had submitted it two weeks ago to the Palestinian civil committee in charge of coordinating the permits with Israel.

on April 1, 2016
Real Madrid Make Palestinian Orphan’s Dream Come True News Roundup
Goal.com

Real Madrid Make Palestinian Orphan’s Dream Come True

Real Madrid made a young fan's dream come true this week when they flew Ahmad Dawabsha, a Palestinian orphan, to the Santiago Bernabeu for an extensive tour. The five-year-old was the only survivor of an attack in the West Bank last year that killed his parents and brother.

on March 19, 2016
The Speed Sisters: Palestine’s First Female Racing Team News Roundup
Amelia Smith, Middle East Monitor

The Speed Sisters: Palestine’s First Female Racing Team

Amber Fares was living in Ramallah when a friend invited her to a street car race at Yasser Arafat’s old helicopter landing pad. It was here, amidst the crowds, the music and the cars revving that she met the Speed Sisters. “There were a couple of girls putting helmets on their heads and getting ready to race,” recalls Fares.

on March 9, 2016
Palestinian Boy to Meet His Real Madrid Heroes News Roundup
Brian Walker & Abeer Salman, CNN

Palestinian Boy to Meet His Real Madrid Heroes

His life has been a nightmare, but now little Ahmed Dawabsheh is ready to live out a dream. The five-year-old Palestinian boy has been undergoing months of surgery and treatment for burns suffered during a firebombing attack on his West Bank home by right wing Israeli's that killed the rest of his family.

on March 7, 2016
A Palestinian’s Dream of Reaching the Rio Olympics News Roundup
Zab Mustefa, Al Jazeera

A Palestinian’s Dream of Reaching the Rio Olympics

It is early morning in Ramallah and Mohammed al-Khatib is busy warming up before a training session at the local school running track. The 25-year-old aspires to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio as a professional athlete. He also wants to do it for Palestine. It hasn’t been an easy journey for Khatib, who plans to run the 100-200m sprint double.

on March 4, 2016