Crowds gather in Ramallah to cheer Palestinian Olympic hero

Crowds gather in Ramallah to cheer Palestinian Olympic hero
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How amazing ! So happy for Palestine . Should they or should they not be... Be in the Olympics.... They are! They did it And more Palestinians will follow. We should wish the best for each other not bring each other down. we all deserve the best! you have not lived their lives so I wouldn't talk politics. They will always exist...

Proud for Palestine (not verified) Wed, 08/08/2012 - 03:29

Mr. Charlie and Anonymous, Palestine is a nation in its own right. The Olympics should be bringing out the goodness of sportsmanship, clearly neither one of you have.

A nation that has been oppressed for decades see light in bring the world together through sport, but foolish people like you like to light the fire.

Palestine is a nation, a nation forever, I m sure the world with PURE hearts will be cheering them on.

The world is waiting for the Arab Spring to continue in PALESTINE.

Abdullah B (not verified) Wed, 08/01/2012 - 13:53

@Anonymous -- Let's not forget that those Israeli athletes would never have died in 1972 had Israel simply met the freedom fighters' modest demands that 100 Palestinian political prisoners be freed in exchange for the athletes safe passage. In typical self-righteous fashion, Israel refused, negotiations broke down and chaos ensued. Long live the one true nation of Palestine and may it be freed of its long-suffered squalor and poverty under Israeli imperialism. Imagine what these athletes have gone through just to get to where they are today, without the privileges and special grooming of their Israeli counterparts... be proud, not hateful. And if you can't be proud, don't say anything at all.

PalestinePride (not verified) Wed, 08/01/2012 - 09:33

Wonderful to see the palestinians at the olympics. The olympics is about bringing the world together and setting aside their political stands and uniting as one, humanity. So sad to note that their are still people in the world who dont wish good tidings on their follow man. Go team humanity!!

Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 07/31/2012 - 20:05

I am proud and moved for PALESTINE being a part of the Olympics this year. It is moments like this that bring hope and deserved awareness to a people across the globe. Sparking conversations such as these we are having right now on this blog. 'The very notion that they are 'Palestinian' should be sufficient grounds to disqualify them?' It is statements like this that are the very reason this moment is so important. This is a time to celebrate! Not hate.

1948.

A poet once asked in her poem 'where do refugee hearts go?' Well right now these hearts have excitement and hope. We should too! I do.

Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 07/31/2012 - 19:25

I was happy to see the Palestinians at the Olympics. They are a nation recognized by many although not all. Sixty years is long enough to wait. It is time for them to be free.

Barbara Doll (not verified) Tue, 07/31/2012 - 15:52

For heavens sake, play the games! Stop analysing and politicising everything.

Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 07/31/2012 - 10:21

I feel that only nations should be represented at the Olympics. Those from areas not having statehood should compete under the olympic flag.

Charlie Spiegel (not verified) Tue, 07/31/2012 - 02:12

I disagree. Anybody should be able to play World Sports. It unfair for anybody not to include any ethnic group. There Political past shouldn't effect there ability to play in the Olympics. Its very unfair to be told you can't play for your own country with your own flag.

Lorie (not verified) Sat, 08/04/2012 - 19:44

STOP PATRONISING, MR SPIEGEL. THE PALESTINIANS WOULD HAVE HAD A STATE MANY YEARS AGO IF IT WAS NOT FOR ISRAEL 'S ILLEGAL OCCUPATION. WE NO LONGER BUY INTO THAT CHEAP RANT UNDERCOVER OF WHICH MORE AND MORE LAND IS BEING STOLEN.

Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 08/04/2012 - 00:14

I love you man!! You make me want to cry, Charlie Spiegel

Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 08/01/2012 - 22:25

You gusy are wrong, they should compete! They have just as much rights as any of the other competitors! And they will have statehood soon! Freedom for Palestine!!!!

Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 07/31/2012 - 08:39

They should be competing as JORDANIANS. There IS no such nation as "Palestine," therefore the team has no business being amongst legitimate nations.

And let's not forget what they did in 1972, either. The very notion that they are "Palestinian" should be sufficient grounds to disqualify them.

Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 07/30/2012 - 18:35

Oh dear, you are trapped in a historical bind....so much has changed since then, like te end of Empire, for starters. Wake up. Perhaps you can begin with asking what israel achieved by the 1972 events and ever since then, setting up false flag attacks behind which they gain politically. The truth has a strange way of comiing out and those gains made under such pretexts will be lost, like garbage in the wind. Wait and see....and it certainly will not be the first time that this has happened. History is littered with endings....and new beginnings!

Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 08/04/2012 - 00:22

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