Example of Diversity in Competition

Today there was a nice example of diversity during the Maccabiah Games (a world-wide olympic-style competition) in Israel.

The 17th Maccabiah Games opened this week with a sterling example of Israel’s democratic values. An Israeli Arab teenage girl from the town of Sakhnin became the first gold medalist in this year’s Games with a victory on Sunday in the women’s 200-meter breastroke.

Asalla Shahada, 17, won the race in 2:46.93 after a close battle with Lauren Fox (USA), who trailed behind by 21 hundreths of a second.

“The Maccabiah belongs not only to all the Jews, but also to all the Israelis, and I am a proud Israeli,” Shahada told YnetNews.

Read the full story on Israel21c

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