Reuters and Mondoweiss Lie About Palestinian Olympic Swimmer
Palestinian swimmer Mary al-Atrash can’t wait to make a splash at the Rio Olympics in August…
The 22-year-old university graduate’s preparations have been hampered because she does not have an Olympic-sized pool to train in. There are none in the Palestinian territories and she has to settle for a 25-meter pool.
Use of superior Israeli facilities and training partners in nearby Jerusalem, where there are several Olympic-sized pools and many swimmers, has not been possible due to the long-standing conflict with Israel.
Mondoweiss also reported on this story, writing:
Nearby Jerusalem has better facilities, including several Olympic-sized pools and many swimmers to train with, but due to the Israeli occupation al Atrash is unable to travel to Jerusalem to train.
Unfortunately, Reuters and Mondoweiss did not bother to do any fact checks.
Israel’s COGAT has shown that both stories are a lie.
FACT CHECK: Mary al-Atrash CAN train for the Olympics in Jerusalem, if she ever applied for a permit.
The Olympic candidate, Mary al-Atrash, claimed she cannot train for the Rio Olympics due to “Israeli Restrictions”. However, we found Mary never applied for a permit to train in Jerusalem in the first place.
Rather than investigate the truth, it’s a shame that media outlets such as Mondoweiss use these stories to paint Israel in a negative light.
We wish Mary the best of luck at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and hope she will come train in Jerusalem upon her return.
Neither outlet asked Israel whether the story was true. Which pretty much tells you all you need to know about Reuters’ and Mondoweiss’ lack of objectivity.