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The following statement is issued today by Red Card Israeli Racism following the conclusion of the 68th FIFA Congress: Red Card Israeli Racism commends the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) for its laudable effort to boost FIFA’s commitment to human rights at today’s FIFA Congress. The PFA proposed amending FIFA’s Statutes so as to make football …

Haaretz has published the article below highlighting the naivety of Miri Regev’s actions: Who Needs BDS: Israel Scores Spectacular Own Goal in Argentina Soccer Fiasco The Argentines didn’t want to play an exhibition match in Israel in the first place, but would have come to Haifa. Then Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev moved in. Argentine …

Lionel Messi commented on Twitter on 5 June 2018, as  reported by TyC Sports: “As a UNICEF ambassador I cannot play against people (Israel) who kill innocent Palestinian children.We had to cancel the game because we are humans before footballers.” Striker Gonzalo “Pipa” Higuaín also said on Twitter: “Not going was the right thing to …

Palestinians Thank Argentina and Lionel Messi for Canceling “Friendly” with Israel June 6, 2018 — On Tuesday, June 5, the Argentina National Football team canceled the “friendly” match with Israel planned for Saturday, following months of BDS campaigning that kicked off in Argentina. Football fans and Palestinian human rights supporters had urged the Argentinian team …

At last some realism in the Israeli camp.  MK Itzik Shmuli (Zionist Union) said “Instead of soccer, Miri Regev wanted politics and she got politics…..[the cancellation] gives immense momentum to the BDS campaign”. Reflecting the views of Palestinian citizens of Israel, Joint List chairman Ayman Odeh said “Netanyahu’s government may be gaining Trump, but it’s losing the world. …

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