The Palestine Olympic Team (above) #Rio2016
Well, I heard it from Matt Lauer’s own lips on the NBC coverage of the Parade of Nations on the first night of the Rio Olympics 2016. Since there is such a media blackout of anything and everything positive about Palestinians, I thought NBC might use an editing trick in which they could fail to mention or even show the Palestinian team at the Olympics last night.
NBC decided to show the broadcast with a one-hour delay, ostensibly to add commercials, but I suspected they would use it to edit out having to say the name “Palestine” on the air. Many other supporters of Palestine feared the same.
However, that must have been a complete impossibility, according to strict Olympic rules, as the BBC, who has a similar anti-Palestine policy as the US networks do, did not edit out Palestine from the Parade of Nations either (the first time through: however, they did edit it out in the second showing).
So there was Matt Lauer, saying the name “Palestine” on the air, and even giving a tidbit of information to go with it, like he and the other commenters did for all the other countries. He spoke of the fact that “Palestine does not have any Olympic-sized pools,” so the two swimmers were forced to practice in pools much smaller. Simply could not believe that Lauer actually used the word “Palestine” more than once instead of just saying “this country.”
Well, of course, Israel interfered as much as possible again, not allowing the Palestinian team members to take their “kits” out of the country–including shoes, swimwear, uniforms–forcing them to buy them in Brazil (scroll down), and secondly, the Palestinian team chief, who lives in Gaza, was not permitted to leave that open-air prison and so could not attend to the team.
This year, Palestine sent six members to compete, the largest team they have sent. In 2012, they sent five members.
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