I find it amusing how some in the ‘western’ media try to sensationalize happenings in the Middle East and elsewhere based on cultural differences….
Remember when that journalist threw a shoe at Bush? Reading articles on cnn.com and others, youd notice that they couldnt stress enough that shoe throwing is an insult in the arab world. yea? like it isnt elsewhere…
Anyways, this is a NY Times article on the Palestine & Jordan womens team match. Its well written, but still the journalist had to note the ‘significance of women playing’.
Now if you want to lump the whole Arab world together, especially the gulf, women playing sports might be ‘significant’. But the reality is that the womens game is established in Palestine with clubs in Bethlehem and Ramallah. The real significance of this match is its international status.