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Inside the Middle East
July 14, 2009
Posted: 832 GMT
DAVID FURST/AFP/Getty Images. Fireworks are set off during the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv on July 13, 2009. The 18th Jewish Maccabiah sports Games will be held from July 13th to July 28th in Israel. The Maccabiah Games are quadrennial Jewish Olympics, held in Israel the year following the Olympic Games. Every four years, the best Jewish athletes from throughout the world compete in Open, Masters, Juniors, and Disabled competitions.
DAVID FURST/AFP/Getty Images. Fireworks are set off during the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv on July 13, 2009. The 18th Jewish Maccabiah sports Games will be held from July 13th to July 28th in Israel. The Maccabiah Games are quadrennial Jewish Olympics, held in Israel the year following the Olympic Games. Every four years, the best Jewish athletes from throughout the world compete in Open, Masters, Juniors, and Disabled competitions.
DAVID FURST/AFP/Getty Images.US Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak lights the Maccabiah torch during the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv on July 13, 2009.
DAVID FURST/AFP/Getty Images.US Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak lights the Maccabiah torch during the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv on July 13, 2009.
DAVID FURST/AFP/Getty Images. Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv on July 13, 2009.
DAVID FURST/AFP/Getty Images. Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv on July 13, 2009.

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miriam   July 14th, 2009 11:38 am ET

Jewish athletes from around the world compete, however the Israeli team also includes Arab Israelis.

G.   July 17th, 2009 4:16 pm ET

I think that anything that can bring people together is a step forward. I always think of China. It's huge. They have a huge population. There are many different cultures and languages. They are a proud people and won't ask for "aide." It must be tough with tough decisions. To me, the laws seem harsh, but I've never been there. Bottom line, I think people judge others too easily and don't try to understand their situations. Some situations go very far back in history. I've never met a person or group of people that I thought was inferior to another group, just with different priorities and strengths and weaknesses. We all have them truthfully. So the question becomes, how do we learn to live together in peace? Perhaps through small steps, like jocks.

heinrich niederleig   July 18th, 2009 5:52 am ET

An arab women was killed in a german courthouse a few days ago and the arab world went nuts. calling germans nazis and even insulted the german chancelor Angela Merkel.
Were are the protest now when some stupid terrorists kill and injure innocent people in Indonesioa ?????????????
Moslem people can live in europe and the US anyway they like and compare this how NON MOSLEMS ARE ALLOWED TO LIVE IN ARAB COUNTRIES!!!!!!!!!!!
WHY ISN'T ANYBODY REPORTING FACTS AS THEY ARE ????????????
IF YOU DON'T LIKE WERE AND HOW YOU LIVE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY WHY DON'T YOU GO BACK WERE YOU CAME FROM

SALUDOS

HEINRICH NIEDERLEIG

EL PASO,TEXAS

G.   July 20th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Non Muslims are allowed to live in Arab countries? I didn't even think that Muslims who peacefully demonstrated were allowed to live in Arab countries. I keep watching the news. Don't they get shot, beaten, or arrested for life? College students need to be careful. The free press doesn't exist in many places. They were ran off or arrested.

G.   July 22nd, 2009 1:22 pm ET

Am I wrong? Waiting for a response. Is the free press allowed in Iran where females, like me, are protesting and getting shot, arrested? Of course they are ended in North Korea, but I had higher hopes for the Middle East. At least they believe in a higher power in some way, God is some form.

G.   July 27th, 2009 3:46 pm ET

I guess the world just needs to understand Islam ran countries. Now we know. I had really expected many responses. I was asking. Silence is also a reponse, shame.

G.   July 27th, 2009 3:48 pm ET

At least the ME, knows to feel shame. With a dead heart, the countries like North Korea won't feel sadness or shame. They won't feel. That is the worst. It makes it hard for everyone, but surely loosing God is hardest for them.


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