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Palestinian female Olympian: 'Miracles do happen'
CNN ^ | May 17, 2012 | Matthew Chance and Caroline Cheese

Posted on 06/05/2012 4:44:33 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

(CNN) -- Woroud Sawalha knows she won't win a medal at the London Olympics. She isn't likely to get beyond the first round of the 800 meters.

But for the 20-year-old and her three teammates, just competing under the Palestinian flag is a source of pride.

The appearance itself is controversial: the U.N. does not recognize a Palestinian state but athletes have been allowed to compete under a Palestinian flag by the International Olympic Committee and soccer's ruling body FIFA since 1996 and 1998 respectively.

"It means a lot for me that I am female and representing Palestine," she told CNN's Aiming For Gold. "I will represent my hometown Asira ash-Shamaliya, Palestine and my university."

Asira ash-Shamaliya is a village of fewer than 10,000 inhabitants in the northern West Bank, where protests and tear gas form part of everyday life in a region still fighting for independence from Israel after two decades of struggle.

Sawalha, who will be immediately recognizable by her black headscarf, long-sleeved top and long trousers, knows that when she steps up to the line in London, she won't just be representing herself.

(Excerpt) Read more at edition.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 57states; israel; mediawingofthednc; mymuslimfaith; partisanmediashills; waronterror

The 20-year-old Sawalha competed at the world indoor championships in Turkey in March -- her first experience of top-level international competition.

1 posted on 06/05/2012 4:44:38 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Burqa on the hoof.


2 posted on 06/05/2012 4:47:07 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: MinorityRepublican

She’ll be well positioned if blowing up school children ever becomes an Olympic event


3 posted on 06/05/2012 4:47:19 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: MinorityRepublican

As long as she’s not competing for the “Let’s see how many Jewish babies can we kill” medal...


4 posted on 06/05/2012 4:48:33 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: MinorityRepublican
Reminds me of Eddie the Eagle.
5 posted on 06/05/2012 4:51:52 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

She doesn’t seem to be putting forth much effort in that picture. Probably about to get lapped — in the 800m.


6 posted on 06/05/2012 4:54:59 PM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: FoxInSocks
She doesn’t seem to be putting forth much effort in that picture. Probably about to get lapped — in the 800m.

Look at the jerseys - "Istanbul 2012." She was probably awarded the single conveyor belt track.

7 posted on 06/05/2012 5:03:14 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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She's still missing the main part of the official Palestinian Olympic Uniform:


8 posted on 06/05/2012 5:12:04 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I thought only countries were represented at the Olympics. “Palestine” is not a country. Also, it must be tough running a race in a burqa.


9 posted on 06/05/2012 5:14:41 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
ogawd what a story!

nice footnote:

See also: Eric "the Eel" Moussambani, another famously unsuccessful Olympian

10 posted on 06/05/2012 5:18:26 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Running in a burqa?

Oh yeah, that’ll work.


11 posted on 06/05/2012 5:18:28 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: MinorityRepublican

12 posted on 06/05/2012 5:22:21 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: D-fendr

I presume that photo is from ‘72.

Hope nobody shoots up her dorm or throws grenades in her chopper. Sorta.


13 posted on 06/05/2012 5:25:26 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: Moltke

Wow, I guess she did get lapped! Even though she ran a personal best of 2:51:87, the three qualifiers from that heat all finished under 2:02.

The bomb intended to blow up the other runners while she was on the opposite side of the track must have been a dud.


14 posted on 06/05/2012 5:26:56 PM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: FoxInSocks

If she ran any faster she’d overheat!


15 posted on 06/05/2012 5:31:43 PM PDT by Third Person ( Actions reflect priorities.)
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To: beethovenfan

“I thought only countries were represented at the Olympics. “Palestine” is not a country. Also, it must be tough running a race in a burqa.”

But they don’t let Taiwan participate.


16 posted on 06/05/2012 5:32:48 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: MinorityRepublican

“Asira ash-Shamaliya, Palestine “

Basically, Muslims claiming territories within Israel.


17 posted on 06/05/2012 5:40:26 PM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called 'gay' instead.)
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To: muir_redwoods

Good for the girl’s personal achievement running foot races (burqa or not). A girl running is not particularly newsworthy other than that CNN has used it to deliver us yet another propaganda piece. Fortunately, this kind of b.s. isn’t selling. (How long do you think CNN, Msnbc, New York Times, and Wash Post, etc can keep spewing this krap? Is there some secret funding propping this up, or are they just deluded, or ?? It is sure a far cry from honest, real journalism or news reporting. )


18 posted on 06/05/2012 6:35:59 PM PDT by faithhopecharity
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To: MinorityRepublican

This is a political statement only. She is jogging, getting lapped by real competing athletes. This is embarrassing. It’s like when the girls from the small baptist school try to field a basketball team in skorts. Looks stupid, girls can’t play. Makes everybody in the room cringe.


19 posted on 06/05/2012 7:43:47 PM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: F15Eagle

Burqua is the runner’s best friend since ankle weights.


20 posted on 06/05/2012 8:02:13 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The First Bystander must be removed!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

What an idiot.

Who’s the man alongside?


21 posted on 06/05/2012 8:56:52 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: MinorityRepublican

I understand she has explosive speed out of the starting blocks.


22 posted on 06/05/2012 8:57:43 PM PDT by JewishRighter (Anybody but Hussein)
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To: JewishRighter; FrankR; Nachum; SJackson; Eleutheria5; Ezekiel; dennisw; RaceBannon; ...
"I understand she has explosive speed out of the starting blocks."

Ding Ding Ding, we have a winner! Post of the thread!

PS.... we have started a contest to design her a better track costume...


23 posted on 06/05/2012 10:49:50 PM PDT by Yehuda (http://jewpoint.blogspot.com)
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To: muir_redwoods

Pali events: Stone throwing, firebomb tossing, target shooting at strollers from balconies (Hadassa Tehiya), the speeding car windshield toss (Palmers), and window vaulting (Fogels).


24 posted on 06/05/2012 10:58:09 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Yehuda

A definite “Allahu fubar”!


25 posted on 06/06/2012 1:27:50 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: sheik yerbouty

Major hat tip to ya!


26 posted on 06/07/2012 1:19:15 PM PDT by Yehuda (http://jewpoint.blogspot.com)
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