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Citing Human Rights Concerns, Michael Bennett to Skip Israel Visit News Roundup
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Citing Human Rights Concerns, Michael Bennett to Skip Israel Visit

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has withdrawn from a group of NFL players planning to visit Israel next week. Writing about his decision in posts on Twitter and Instagram on Friday...

on February 11, 2017
Palestine Doesn’t Exist on Google and Apple Maps. These Marathon Runners Want to Change That. News Roundup
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Palestine Doesn’t Exist on Google and Apple Maps. These Marathon Runners Want to Change That.

Palestine doesn't exist on Google or Apple Maps. So Palestinian marathon runners ran across Silicon Valley to ask the tech giants to change that.

on October 15, 2016
Mapping Disputed Areas Like West Bank Challenges Apple, Google News Roundup
Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle

Mapping Disputed Areas Like West Bank Challenges Apple, Google

When George Zeidan discovered Google Maps three years ago, he started plugging in the places he knew, including his dad’s hometown, Beit Jala in the West Bank. But he couldn’t see it anywhere on the digital map. Later, when he and others plugged in more than...

on October 13, 2016
Palestinians Urge FIFA to Level the Playing Field News Roundup
Nigel Wilson, Al Jazeera

Palestinians Urge FIFA to Level the Playing Field

Beitunia, occupied West Bank - On a row of plastic chairs overlooking a sandy lot, members of the Beitunia Club discussed their latest project to turn the space into a football field. "When it is finished, it will be the first football pitch in Beitunia"....

on October 12, 2016
Ibdaa Center in Al-Duheisha Holds Activity in Solidarity With Scottish Celtic Football Club News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Ibdaa Center in Al-Duheisha Holds Activity in Solidarity With Scottish Celtic Football Club

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Ibdaa Cultural Center in Bethlehem’s al-Duheisha refugee camp organized an activity on Monday evening to support the Scottish Celtic Football Club after the club waved Palestinian flags during an international playoff game for qualification for the UEFA Champions...

on August 31, 2016
West Bank, Gaza Gear up for Palestine’s Biggest Sporting Event Op-Eds & Analysis
Yoni Mendel, +972 Blog

West Bank, Gaza Gear up for Palestine’s Biggest Sporting Event

One of Jibril Rajoub’s greatest achievements as the Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, if not the greatest, took place a year ago. For the first time since the Second Intifada, Rajoub renewed the tradition in which the winner of the Palestine Cup in the West Bank plays against the winner in Gaza...

on July 25, 2016
Palestinian Swimmer Glides Past Obstacles to Reach Rio News Roundup
Ammar Awad & Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh, Reuters

Palestinian Swimmer Glides Past Obstacles to Reach Rio

Palestinian swimmer Mary al-Atrash can't wait to make a splash at the Rio Olympics in August, but participation, rather than a podium finish, is probably the best she can hope for. Atrash competes in the 50 metres freestyle but her best time of 29.91 seconds is more than four seconds slower than the Olympic qualifying threshold of 25.28 seconds, in itself almost two seconds behind the world record.

on June 28, 2016
‘I Believe in Miracles’: A Palestinian Sprinter’s Olympic Dream News Roundup
Daniel A. Medina, NBC News

‘I Believe in Miracles’: A Palestinian Sprinter’s Olympic Dream

At an amateur track meet last month at Rice University in Houston, an eclectic group of runners from young children to the elderly gathered to compete in their respective heats. Amid the punishing Texas humidity, the so-called open meet — the most democratic of track and field competitions where all are free to compete regardless of age or skill level — was especially busy on this muggy Thursday evening.

on June 25, 2016
The Greatest Was a Black Man who Supported Palestinians Op-Eds & Analysis
Susan Abulhawa, Al Jazeera

The Greatest Was a Black Man who Supported Palestinians

I watched and listened, often with tears, as Muhammad Ali was eulogised. I cried when the service opened with a reading from the Quran, because it was the first time in the history of the United States that a recitation of the Quran was read and heard in reverence on major national American television networks. I thought, even in death, he is a revolutionary.

on June 13, 2016