Olympic Games And Its Impact On Society

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Sports have played a major role in society for as far back as dated history goes. Today’s greatest sporting events capture the interest of billions of people. No one sporting event is greater than the Summer Olympic games, for it brings together athletes from all across the globe to compete and represent their respected nations. Winning an Olympic gold medal can create a widespread feeling of patriotism and unite a nation. Unfortunately, the events of the 1972 Olympic Games were a catastrophic disaster. Consequently, the following will reveal the 1972 Munich Summer Olympic Games tragedy and the ramifications of its build up, the event, and the lasting effects on society. The events that occurred at the 1972 Olympics were the result of a long conflict between Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews dating to the end of the nineteenth century. The two nations have contrasting religious beliefs and conflict broke out between them for who had the ownership of a strip of land that both states considered to be holy. From the end of World War I until 1948, the area that both groups claimed was known internationally as Palestine. Following the war of 1948–1949, this land was divided into three parts: The State of Israel, the West Bank (of the Jordan River) and the Gaza Strip. It is a small area—approximately 10,000 square miles, or about the size of the state of Maryland. Both nations cited historical religious evidence for why the land should belong to them and no solution could be
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