“Right to Movement” is the banner of the Palestine Marathon; as it is the basic human right stipulated in Article 13 of the UN Human Rights Charter: ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of movement’(1)
But running the marathon for the second time has presented to me other rights to freedom; freedom to live, to express yourself freely, and to enjoy this challenging life, that Palestinians are living due to the occupation and some cultural difficulties.
April 1st, 2016 has marked a new successful day in Bethlehem, Palestine. 64 nationalities had the chance to participate in the 4th annual marathon. Several cultures, white and black, girls and boys, muslims and christians, different stories and goals but at that spot of the world they all shared one goal; reaching the finishing line with love and peace!
Saleem and Lubna Anfous were longing to see their first daughters’ steps. They run the marathon every year since their daughter was 3-months old. Saleem wants to see her a ‘super-girl’ in the future, successful Palestinian girl who fights peacefully for her freedom.
Celia runs and dances happily with her parents without yet understanding her people’s restrictions in moving easily in Palestine.
A Palestinian lady proves her right to run with ‘niqab’ showing a peaceful image of Muslims who have been presented lately as terrors in the world. Photo by Bethlehem Bible College-Amira Farhoud
Over 1000 international participant ran this year’s marathon. Brain has run 21km finishing the line with a wonderful marriage proposal to Lia at the Manager Square, Nativity Church. Photo by George Zeidan
The marathon presented the freedom of happiness by our disabled fellows. Photo by: Bethlehem Bible College, Amira Farhoud
I ran to break, even for once, the Israeli restrictions to move freely in my country. And raise my flag without being terrified to be shot.
I also ran to teach my coming-up baby that despite all the cultural differences, humanity units us. And despite the occupation the wall will fall and Palestinians will reach their freedom line.