Israelis and Palestinians will protest in the Jerusalem Marathon
This upcoming Friday, 17th of March, the Jerusalem Marathon will be held, marking 50 years to the “unification” of the city. Palestinian public committees along with Free Jerusalem group are organizing a protest in front of the marathon. We wish to remind the residents and the participants that Jerusalem is not a united city in which sports and cultural activities are neutral, but rather it is a city of which part is under occupation.
The marathon presents Jerusalem as a normal, cosmopolitan city, and many foreigners participate in the race. The route of the marathon as in previous years extends beyond the 1967 seamline and disrupts the lives of many Palestinians, who are not party to the celebration.
On Friday, 17.3.17 we will stand between 9:00 and 10:00 on the corner of Antara Ben Shadad street with Heyl Ha’handasa (on the seamline, road 60, near Damascus gate).
Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. He began writing in 1975 publishing The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues as Special US Correspondent for the Arab News ArabNews.com, at TheArabDailyNews.com, and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday, the Orlando Sentinel, Houston Chronical, and Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
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