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Palestine Marathon erases Israel

Itamar Marcus  |

True to PA policy of denying Israel's existence, the logo of the “Palestine Marathon” erases all of the State of Israel.

Painted in the colors of the Palestinian flag, the logo of the marathon shows the PA’s map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel and the PA areas as “Palestine,” with a runner inside the map. Next to the logo is written in English: “Palestine Marathon: Freedom of Movement.”

The Palestine Marathon, which takes place on March 18, 2022, and starts and ends at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, is held under the auspices of the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, which is headed by Jibril Rajoub. The council is an official government body subordinate to the PLO. Palestinian Media Watch has documented extensively the PA’s denial of Israel's existence in maps, including the use of such maps to teach children about Palestine in summer camps held by the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports.

PMW has also exposed Rajoub as a passionate proponent of anti-normalization with Israel in sports.

The PLO council has been posting ads for the marathon like the one below that include the logo erasing Israel:

Text on image: “Palestine Marathon
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Setting out from the Church of the Nativity plaza in Bethlehem on March 18 [2022]”

[Facebook page of the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, March 8, 2022]