Why dont we recognize them and stop the apartheid that is going on there?
Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:PJ - I honestly didn't think they participated so I looked it up and I was very surprised!
The Olympic committee gave them the country initials PLE and they "represent the country of Palestine"
Oh yes, they are. I have pic posted on my fb of them at the opening ceremony
Maher Abu Rmilah, Bahaa Al Farra, Ahmed Gebrel, Sabine Hazboun, and
Woroud Sawalha will represent Palestine at this year’s Summer Games in
London. The following is a quick reference guide listing all the events
in which these Palestinian athletes will compete.
SATURDAY, JULY 28 AT 10:52
Men’s 400m Freestyle Swim
Ahmed Gebrel will race in the first Heat in Lane 6. His qualifying
time makes him the least likely to move onto the Final though he might
pose a challenge to Allan Gutierrez Castro from Honduras who will be
swimming in Lane 3. Keep up with him here.
MONDAY, JULY 30 AT 10:19
Men’s Judo (73 kg)
Maher Abu Rmilah will face off with Belgium’s Dirk van Tichelt in the Elimination Round of 32.
Abu Rmilah will be wearing blue. If he beats van Tichelt, he will
advance to the next round and face the winner between Hong Kong’s Chi
Yip Cheung and the United States’ Nicholas Delpopolo. Keep up with him here.
Note: Of the five athletes representing Palestine at the Olympic
Games, Abu Rmilah was the only one who qualified to compete. The others,
in many cases unable to attend qualifications, were invited by the
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 AT 10:00
Women’s 50m Freestyle Swim
Sabine Hazboun will race in the fourth Heat in Lane 6. She is one of
the favorites to win her heat and her qualifying time puts her within
reach of advancing to the semifinals later that day. She is the youngest
member of this year’s Palestinian Olympic team. Follow her here.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 AT 10:35
Bahaa Al Faraa will race in the first round of the 400m sprint where
he will have the opportunity to qualify for the semifinals the following
day. Follow him here.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 AT 11:35
Woroud Sawalha will race in the first round of the half-mile run
where she will have the opportunity to qualify for the semifinals the
following day. Speed and stamina are key for this race. Follow her here.
Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:Does the woman wear her headwear while swimming?
Quoting TruthSeeker.:Wait. Who doesn't recognize Palestine?
The US, Israel, to name a few. This is from Wiki:
Home > Newsinfo > Latest News Stories > World > More than 100 countries recognize Palestine as a state
PARIS—After Iceland’s formal recognition of the Palestinian state
on Thursday, at least 112 countries around the world have recognized
Palestine, according to an AFP count.
In Latin America, Uruguay and Peru joined the growing ranks of
countries which recognized Palestine this year, with 12 out of the
region’s 13 countries formally recognizing it as a state.
Only Colombia, a key ally of the United States in the region, has not followed that path.
In Central America, the Palestinian state has been recognised by Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Salvador.
Arab countries have also recognized Palestine, notably Syria in July of this year.
In Europe, Iceland became one of the few Western European countries
and NATO members to do so, joining the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta
Around 150 countries maintain diplomatic relations with the Palestinians in one form or another.
Palestine currently has “observer” status at the United Nations, but
in September, president Mahmud Abbas formally asked the United Nations
for full state membership.
In October, Palestine was granted full membership at the UN cultural
organization, UNESCO, in a diplomatic victory won despite stiff
resistance from the United States and Israel.
Earlier this week, Abbas urged the European Union to support their UN
membership bid after the Palestinian flag was raised over the UNESCO’s
headquarters for the first time.
Figures published by the Palestine Liberation Organization indicate that 130 countries have recognized Palestine.
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