Jews & Sports

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Sports in Israel represent a variety of influences from abroad. Soccer, Israel's oldest national past-time, came to Israel via European immigrants around the establishment of the state. As more and more Americans and Russians move to Israel, other sports, such as basketball, baseball, and figure skating, are gaining popularity.

Israel has also gained recognition in international sporting competitions. The Olympics evoke complicated memories for Jews and Israel--in 1936 Hitler's Nazi dictatorship camouflaged its racist, militaristic character while hosting the Berlin Olympics, and in one of the greatest tragedies ever to befall an international sporting competition, Palestinian terrorists killed 11 members of the Israeli delegation at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

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