The story is short and contains information, but it also includes a loss of life. The Swimming Contest” concludes with the author reflecting on the fact that Abdul Karim’s death has cost him and others valuable knowledge.
To illustrate the conflict between people of Arab and Hebrew heritage, the author uses the length of the story. The word “losers” also implies that there are no winners in the events taking place not only during the story, but throughout any conflict.
Benjamin Tammuz, a well-known writer from Israel, is known for his many books and essays such as The Orchard. The story “The Swimming Contest”, published in the compilation ” 50 Stories from Israel.”