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Eddie Izzard (R) and two of his Israeli fans
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Eddie Izzard banned from 'Palestine Marathon' due to TLV show
The British comedian was supposed to take part in the Bethlehem race on Friday, but following his appearance in Israel the day before, the organizers said, 'We refuse to serve as a fig leaf to whitewash Israeli apartheid.'

British comedian Eddie Izzard did not participate in the Bethlehem marathon on Friday due to the protests of the event's organizers, who were not happy about his appearance in Tel Aviv the night before. On their Twitter account, the organizers wrote, "We refuse to serve as a fig leaf for Izzard's whitewashing of Israeli occupation and apartheid."

 

 

As part of his charitable activities, Izzard participated last year in 27 marathons in 27 days. The race was the Fifth Palestinian International Marathon, which set off from the Church of the Nativity and ran along the separation barrier. It was attended by 6,000 people and was divided into 3, 10, 21 and 42 kilometers. A South African runner eventually won the race.

 

Eddie Izzard (R) and two of his Israeli fans (Photo: Dan Becker)
Eddie Izzard (R) and two of his Israeli fans (Photo: Dan Becker)

 

Izzard, a well-known Labour Party supporter, chose to participate in the event, whose goal was to shed more light on both the situation in Israel and "the Occupied Palestinian Territories."

 

Tweets sent out by the organizers of the Palestine Marathon regarding Izzard's participation
Tweets sent out by the organizers of the Palestine Marathon regarding Izzard's participation

 

"As someone who was born in Yemen, I took political advice before deciding to perform a show in Tel Aviv, Israel," Izzard told the Daily Mail."I came to the conclusion that as there are many different feelings on this subject and that if I was trying to be balanced, I should do something in Israel and something in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as well.

 

Izzard at Ben-Gurion Airport
Izzard at Ben-Gurion Airport

 

"So, as someone who is well known for my comedy and my marathon running, I decided to perform the show in Tel Aviv and also run the Palestine Marathon in Bethlehem.

 

The Palestine Marathon (Photo: AFP)
The Palestine Marathon (Photo: AFP)

 

"I have now performed my show in Tel Aviv but even though the Palestinian Authority are allowing me to run in the Palestine Marathon, others do not want me to run.

 

"All I wanted to do was to try and bring a little extra focus to the Palestine Marathon and to the situation there," added Izzard. "But if they would rather I didn't, I'm fine with that."

 

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