Sport in Palestine

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This page is about sports in the Palestinian territories or by Palestinian athletes.


Palestine first competed at the Summer Olympics in 1996.[1] Ramallah hosts some of the best gyms in Palestine.[2] The separation wall and numerous checkpoints has caused difficulty in movement for Palestinian athletes, however Palestinian athletes were still able to reach East Jerusalem sport centers as of 2009.[3] Some girls' schools have incorporated football into their curricula.[4] Prior to the creation of Israel, dozens of Palestinian sport clubs were active, however the Nakba that occurred the following year brought most of these to a closure.[5] The infrastructure of some more contemporary Palestinian sport associations have also been demolished by the Israeli government.[6] Association football has been described as the national sport of Palestine.[7]

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  1. ^
  2. ^ Joe Weider, Ben Weider - 2006, Brothers of Iron - Page 279
  3. ^ Jerusalem Wall: a decade of division and urban incarceration
  4. ^ Muslim Women and Sport - Page 183, Tansin Benn, Gertrud Pfister, Haifaa Jawad - 2010
  5. ^ A Companion to Sport - Page 260, Ben Carrington - 2013
  6. ^ Reading and Writing the Mediterranean - Page 105, Norma Bouchard, Massimo Lollini - 2006
  7. ^ From Palestine to America: A Memoir - Page 12, Taher Dajani - 2008