Itzhak Zalman
Fictional Character
"Les Mortes dArthur"
Set in the Future
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Arab World
Race: Judaism
Date of Birth: 22nd century
Occupation: Skier

Itzhak Zalman was a competitor for the Arab World during the Sixty-sixth Winter Games on Mimas, a moon of Saturn. He was the sole Jewish member of the team and so viewed as a traitor by the Second Irgun, a terrorist group seeking the re-establishment of the State of Israel. He was a slight, curly-haired man with a mustache and a calm, open face. Ironically, he looked rather like a younger version of Menachem, a spokesman for the Second Irgun.

The day after the murder of three athletes, Zalman was interviewed by Angus Cavendish of Interplanetary Broadcasting Company. Cavendish asked him what he thought of Menachem's threat against him. Zalman replied that he would rather accept the present as it was than live in the dead past. He added that he had been threatened before and he didn't let it worry him since it would affect his performance.

Cavendish then asked him of the discovery that the space suit of Shukri al-Kuwatly, the murdered jumper for the Arab World, had been altered to give him an illicit advantage. Zalman replied he thought al-Kuwatly was a fool. He had not known about it beforehand and could still hardly believe it. He added that a medal won by cheating had no value.

Cavendish asked what he was doing to stay in condition during the delay in jumping. Zalman replied that while he obviously could not go out on the jump ramp, he was still doing stretches and weight work. In fact the weight room was packed. The atmosphere was nervous. After all, no one but the killer knew if the person beside him had done the deed.

Cavendish thanked him, wished him luck and ended the interview.

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