April 2013

We call for removal of the 2013 UEFA U21 finals from Israel The Israeli government violates international law and discriminates against Palestinian Arabs through its laws and actions. These actions include ethnic cleansing, restrictions on movement, and limited access to water, health services and education. Palestinian footballers suffer their share of this oppression. They are arbitrarily …

Israel’s increasing integration into European competitions, despite its refusal to revive peace talks with the Palestinians, respect human rights and halt illegal settlement, is, according to critics, contrary to sporting values and should be met with international opposition of the kind faced by apartheid South Africa, writes Jonathan Cook A dozen Palestinian teenagers from the West …

Palestinian football player, member of the Palestine national football team gave a talk in European Parliament on April 11th about the Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. Sarsak spent 3 years in jail under administrative detention, three months on hunger strike while imprisoned without trial in Israel. Sarsak was imprisoned in 9 detention centers and …

Official FA programmes deny the existence of the Occupied Palestinian Territories in printing maps of ‘Israel’ In the run up to the UEFA Under 21 tournament to be held in Israel in June 2013, the FA and UEFA have been at pains to insist that football is not about politics. They have refused to take …

In June 2011, 42 Palestinian football clubs called on UEFA President Michel Platini to reverse the decision to hold the 2013 men’s Under 21 championships in Israel, a country imposing military occupation, colonisation and an apartheid system in Palestine.[1] Since that time, throughout Europe and across the world, calls for UEFA to remove the Under …