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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. …

In another example of Israeli forces using Palestinians for target practice footballer Mohammed Khalil was shot in the knee at the demonstration close to the Gazan border.  As his friend Mohammed Kareem said “That racist terrorist bullet put an end to his football career”.  Mohammed Khalil played for Al-Salah FC. See the video in the report …

Sign here!   https://bdsmovement.net/adidas. Top sports brand Adidas claims to take human rights seriously. Yet it is a major sponsor of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which is implicated in human rights violations against the Palestinian people. The IFA allows football clubs based in illegal Israeli settlements to participate in its leagues and competitions. Hundreds of Palestinian children have had their schools demolished, and sewage from …

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