Palestinian and Saudi female athletes London 2012

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/attar-makes-olympic-track-debut-for-saudi-women-gets-plenty-of-encouragement-in-800-meters/2012/08/08/b5ab7aba-e14f-11e1-89f7-76e23a982d06_story.html

Covered in clothing from head to toe, except for her smiling face poking out from her hood, Attar made her debut five days after a Saudi judo athlete became the ultraconservative country’s first female competitor at any Olympics.

“This is such a huge honor and an amazing experience, just to be representing the women,” Attar said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I know that this can make a huge difference.”

The 19-year-old Attar ran 800 meters in 2 minutes, 44.95 seconds. To her, the time wasn’t the point.

Her mother is American and her father is Saudi. She has dual citizenship, was born in California and runs track at Pepperdine University near Los Angeles.

Attar wanted to represent Saudi Arabia at the Olympics as a way of inspiring women.

“For women in Saudi Arabia, I think this can really spark something to get more involved in sports, to become more athletic,” she said. “Maybe in the next Olympics, we can have a very strong team to come.”

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what do you think people?

tokenism?..i mean, these 2 runners are not even close to being competitive..and when was Palestine a country? did i miss something? and if you are going to let them run then stop putting religion into sport..they should be able to wear what is needed..not what the religious leaders want..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestine

is a conventional name, among others, used to describe the geographic region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, and various adjoining lands. The region is also known as the Land of Israel (Hebrew: ארץ־ישראל Eretz-Yisra’el), the Holy Landand the Southern Levant, and historically has been known by other names including Canaan, Zion, Syria Palaestina, Southern Syria,Jund Filastin and Outremer.

The boundaries of the region have changed throughout history, and were first defined in modern times by the Franco-British boundary agreement (1920) and the Transjordan memorandum of 16 September 1922, during the mandate period. Today, the region comprises the country of Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The term Palestine has also been used to refer to the State of Palestine which, since the Palestinian Declaration of Independence in 1988, has referred to a state in the Palestinian territories on 22% of former Mandatory Palestine. In 1993, following the Oslo peace accords, the Palestinian Authority has been established on parts of West Bank and Gaza Strip. During 2006-2007, Gaza Strip under Hamas leadership had violently split from the Palestinian Authority and continues to perform de facto rule over the strip. The status ofPalestinian Authority as the State of Palestine is recognized today by approximately two-thirds of the world’s countries, although this status is not recognized by the United Nations, Israel and some Western nations such as the United States.

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9 Responses to “Palestinian and Saudi female athletes London 2012”

  1. I think it’s degrading for women to do this. Next they’ll be wearing a burkha while throwing the javelin?

  2. it’s not palestine that’s ‘not a country.’ it’s the zionist entity (aka ‘israel’) that is not a country. what are the entity’s stated borders? were is its constitution?

    i don’t think westerners are in a position to criticize the status of women in the middle east. half the women here starve themselves and the other half are obese. 4th grade girls think they have to diet. sexual assault is epidemic.

    most of the hijab-wearing women i’ve asked said they want to wear it. they prefer the modesty it confers. only the west conflates modesty with sexual repression.

    when it comes to zionist issues, wikipedia is completely biased. i know from experience that non-zionist viewpoints are not tolerated there…

    “In 1993, following the Oslo peace accords, the Palestinian Authority has been established on parts of West Bank and Gaza Strip. During 2006-2007, Gaza Strip under Hamas leadership had violently split from the Palestinian Authority and continues to perform de facto rule over the strip.”

    ahem. that is total wikipedia bullshit. they had an ELECTION. hamas won BOTH the west bank and gaza strip, and fatah/plo (which is a zionist organization – they accept israel’s “right to exist”) violently took over the west bank. hamas has “de facto” rule over gaza because they won the fucking election for fuck’s sake.

    wearing the colors of your country – a country the world denies you out of pure hate or pure cowardice – can hardly be called “degrading.” i am guessing there were super proud of the moment and their ability to be there.

    • xxx, you know i believe all of those things as well but its not just palestine in there its also saudi arabia and things you have said about palestine are not the same as the sauds who treat women as lower class citizens..like it or not Palestine is not a country and israel is (its wrong yes but thats what it is legally)

      i am western and i can have an opinion and imo its a joke to have women dressed up like that competing..plenty of muslim countries didnt make their female athletes do that..you cant even drive a car alone in saudi arabia if your a women..thats inequality..what about mutilation of female genitalia? thats what they think of women..no orgasms for you..you make babies and thats it..this wearing of extra clothes to be an athlete is bringing religion into sport and it has no place in it..its tokenism..like we all think the sauds have made women so much more free because of the athlete? no way..nothing changed.. one nearly got lapped in a 2 lap race..she didnt qualify with a time..she was brought in to be a token..

      respect your opinion as always but its not as cut and dry as you have said..

      • loompanics used to have a book called ‘how to start your own country’ and it had a definition of “country” which read essentially: that territory which you can defend against all comers, whether through outright force or through alliance with those who have the outright force. certainly by that definition the zionist entity is a country, and palestine is not.

        the evidence for the existence of the kingdom of david is scant to nonexistent. the only ‘proof’ ever offered is from israeli-led ‘archaeology’ missions which only began in the 90s, and is sketchy to say the least. there is no basis in *anyone’s* book of principles that gives the zionists that land – even the bibical claims are fraudulent.

        the *only* way israel exists as a country is through naked force, not any universally recognized principles. as you well know, the “legal” definition of what is a country also comes from the naked force definition, not the principled definition.

        i think many israelis would actually agree with me on this. their attitude is, right or wrong, we’re here and we’re not going anywhere unless you force us to, and we dare ya to try, principles be damned.

        we all have, and are allowed to have, our opinions. it’s that pesky moral authority i keep talking about. our societies are not really any better. sure genital mutilation is awful. in the west many women *voluntarily* have plastic sacks inserted in their bodies in order to make certain body parts bigger and small towns in georgia have massive syphilis outbreaks among 14 year olds (see:the lost children of rockdale county) who end up physically and emotionally scarred for life. sure islam treats women like crap, but so does the west, and so does everyone else. women in the US consume more mood-altering non-alchoholic drugs, legal or otherwise, than any other women on earth, and it’s probably the only way to ‘balance’ (haha) corporate wage slavery, child rearing, and being a perpetual sexpot as society demands.

        i don’t really watch or follow the olympics (all together now: it’s stupid). the saudis are nutcases of course. i believe the palestinians had a choice, for example, this lovely palestina olympic swimmer is not exactly covered from head to toe: http://www.irishfriendsofpalestine.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/sabine2.jpg

      • why doesnt the comment system let me reply?

      • Will check the spam catcher. It dropped johnsonas last 2 posts a few hours ago. I get 60 spam a day and stuff gets mixed up in it so I actually have to go thru all the spam each day.

        posts with links get caught often

  3. Religio-industrial complex..

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