April 2022

This article by Inside World Football’s Paul Nicholson was first published at https://www.insideworldfootball.com/2022/04/11/palestine-mourns-death-another-footballer-shot-dead-israeli-forces/. While the world is watching with horror and condemnation the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the increase in violence in Palestine and the West Bank has gone barely noticed in international media. In football, so often the soft geo-politics of the world’s bigger …

This article by Simon Lloyd was published on 23rd March at https://www.joe.co.uk/sport/bellerin-ukraine-palestine-325013. ‘The Palestinian war has been completely silenced…’ Hector Bellerin has questioned why Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine has received greater attention in the media when compared to conflicts taking place elsewhere in the world. The Real Betis right-back, who is on loan from …

This AFP article was published on 24th March at https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220324-arabs-denounce-double-standard-of-russia-sports-bans. Russia’s war on Ukraine has drawn unprecedented sanctions that have seen it banned from most international sports in a Western-led break with the long-standing convention against politics mixing with sport. For many Arabs, who have seen their own sportsmen and women punished for refusing to …

This article by Ramzy Baroud was published on 9th March at https://www.palestinechronicle.com/politics-and-sports-do-mix-on-fifas-hypocrisy-in-palestine-and-the-need-to-isolate-apartheid-israel/ in the wake of FIFA’s decision to ban Russia from this year’s World Cup Finals in Qatar. Israel’s war on Palestinian sports is as old as the Israeli state itself. For Palestinians, sport is a critical aspect of their popular culture, and since …