In Occupied Palestine, running is resistance

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Ten years ago, a group of Danish and Palestinian activists started a campaign to illustrate the reality of life under Israeli apartheid through long distance running; they called it Right to Movement (RTM). The campaign started in Bethlehem as a grassroots initiative aiming to organise the first marathon in Palestine. The name came to us upon realising there were no 42 km contiguous routes in Area A of Bethlehem city – the area where the Palestinians would have some sort of sovereignty to organise this activity. Consequently, runners would have to repeat the same 10.5 km segment four times to …

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