In this March 1, 2012 file photo, Palestinian participants in the second Gaza marathon brave the wind on the beach road in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Adel Hana, File)
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Israel's Supreme Court has refused to allow a Palestinian Olympian from the Gaza Strip to take part in a marathon in the occupied West Bank, an Israeli NGO said Tuesday.Gisha filed suit in the Supreme Court last week after Masri, who was prevented from participating in the first Bethlehem marathon in 2013, was again refused a crossing permit by the Israeli defence ministry unit responsible for coordinating civilian affairs with the Palestinians.Israel tightened restrictions on Palestinians travelling in and out of Gaza after the Islamist Hamas movement -- which is sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state -- seized power in the coastal strip in 2007 .
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