Campaigns

Dear Mr. Platini, The following letter was printed in the UK’s Guardian newspaper on 6 October 2011 and concludes with a specific request to UEFA. The authors are Supporters of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. Their eminence is recognised worldwide. Israel’s stance in the community of nations Those who lead European football must respond to an appeal …

Mr. Platini, We, Palestinian footballers, athletes and sporting organizations and officials, are dismayed that Israel has been rewarded for its continued impunity and violent oppression of our people with the honour of hosting the UEFA Under-21 tournament in 2013. This decision is a drastic reversal of your brave stand just last year against Israeli attacks …

A modest boycott campaign set up a year ago to challenge the awarding of UEFA’s under 21 football championship in 2013 to Israel, has successfully mobilised high profile support for Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak, close to death after a long hunger strike in an Israeli jail. Sarsak, 25, has been refusing food for almost three …

Dear Michel Platini, The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) urges the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) not to hold the UEFA U21 Championship 2013 in Israel. In October 2010 not only did UEFA renew its commitment to anti-racism, you Mr. Platini, earned international recognition, when stating that “We accepted them in Europe and furnished them …

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