Heroic Palestine Runner

Posted: February 16, 2008 in running

Last week we heard in the news a bomb explosion in Damascus, Syria killed a secretive Hizbollah operator, Imad Mughniyeh

Mughniyeh is widely believed to be behind a wave of Western hostage-taking in Lebanon during the 1980s.

He had been in hiding for years and was high on US and Israeli wanted lists.

This is not a political blog but what stole my attention was comments on BBC from Hizbollah, “With all pride we declare a great jihadist leader of the Islamic resistance in Lebanon joining the martyrs… the brother commander hajj Imad Mughniyeh”.

“After a life full of jihad, sacrifices and accomplishments … he died a martyr at the hands of the Israeli Zionists,” it quoted a Hezbollah statement saying.

Its sad that a man who has caused so many deaths is celebrated as a hero. The young men and women of Palestine need a new generation of positive heros.

A New Palestine Hero

One uncelebrated hero from Palestine is 16 year old Gharid Ghrouf. She was the sole runner representing Palestine in last year’s Osaka, Japan World athletics championship.

It took her three days to get to Japan only to arrive in Japan and to discover she had been entered in the wrong race. A technical error by Palestinian Sports authority saw her entered in 800 metres instead of 100m.

She did not sulk or curse but graciously lined up against Maria Mutola in the heats. She had some jitters, “I was very afraid to do the 800m but I tried to do my best”

She did not qualify for the finals but she was positive about the future, “I want to study at college or university afterwards and be a sports teacher and coach,” she revealed. “I hope to study at the university in Tunisia or France.

It’s my prayer that young men and women in Palestine will embrace Gharid values, understanding, courage, ambition and some love.


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