EMOTION REGULATION #3: WECONTRIBUTE AT BETHLEHEM MARATHON

Guest author: Oliver Fink, University of Basel

It is done – great atmosphere at the Bethlehem “Freedom of Movement” Marathon! Even the Franciscan Monks from the monastery next to Nativity Church were seen taking Selfies with the Runners…

The topic “Freedom of Movement” is evidently a relevant one beyond the physical & fitness realm. Assume there was little mutual overlap in participants with the recent Jerusalem Marathon. Although the event was specifically labelled as non-political, the running course was highly symbolic – from Manger Square next to Nativity Church as Start / Finish towards Rachel’s Tomb, along the Wall through Aida Refugee Camp. Shortly before Dheishe Refugee Camp was the turning point for 10k.

Whatever you think the approach should be here, two points are essential for me – there is a lot more research needed to understand the conflict dynamics better, but also it is great that such a positive event took place where normally other types of events make frontline news…

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