Palestine urges boycott of Jerusalem race

2013-02-27 07:46

Jerusalem - Palestinians are calling for a boycott of a marathon race in Jerusalem that winds through the city's eastern sector. Palestinians claim it as their capital.

The third annual Jerusalem marathon takes place on Friday. Previous races have drawn thousands of runners from around the world and attracted international brands as sponsors.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Palestine Liberation Organization called on marathon participants and sponsors to withdraw their support.

It says the marathon is another Israeli policy "aimed at exerting Israeli control over the occupied city." A spokesperson for Jerusalem's municipality counters that the marathon is a "symbol of co-existence."

Both the Palestinians and Israel claim rights to Jerusalem. Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and considers the whole city its capital. Israel's claim is not recognized internationally.

  • Ilan Arbel - 2013-02-27 08:06

    Why is that on the front page of news24 ? I mean really ?

  • Konrad Bosco - 2013-02-27 08:07

    East Jerusalem was conquered by Israel from Jordan , the palestinians should have no say whatsoever over who controls the City

  • Neil Gordon - 2013-02-27 09:46

    yawn... another day, another News24 article to incite anti-Israel sentiment. This artical is as laughable as the UN recently nominating Sudan to chair humanitarian affairs, or its absurd decision to unanimously re-elect the Assad regime to a senior post on a decolonization committee charged with upholding fundamental human rights!! But clearly this article is more controversial!!

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