Yorkshire demonstration against the first Israeli team visiting the UK this year

Yorkshire demonstration against the first Israeli team visiting the UK this year

An Israeli youth team played today in the first match of a UEFA mini-tournament in Chesterfield’s smart new stadium against England.  There was a good gate for such an event – about 3,000.  A scout from FC Porto attended, and perhaps others from other European clubs did too.  England won 2-1, with each side scoring a penalty.

About thirty activists from Sheffield, Chesterfield and Camden Town were out with banners and flags to challenge Israeli racism.  Spectators were given the RCIR flyer encouraging them to complain to FIFA about Israeli settlement clubs playing in Israeli leagues contrary to FIFA rules.  They were also given a flyer asking them to help fund the this year’s Rachel Corrie Ramadan football tournament starting on 16 May.  Last year in that tournament over thirty five teams took part.

The game was part of the UEFA 2018 Under 17 competition.  Four mini-tournaments comprising four teams each made it to the group stage.  Israel will play Italy and Switzerland in the rest of the  group stage at St George’s Park and there will be a knockout stage with a final in Rotherham on 20 May 2018.  For further details see section 6.3 of the International Matches page.


Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football tournament

Help boost youth football in Gaza.

Make a donation to the Rachel Corrie Sports initiative which organises a football tournament in Gaza during Ramadan.  This year it starts on 16 May

Rachel Corrie was a 23-year-old American peace activist from Olympia, Washington, USA, who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer on 16 March 2003, while undertaking nonviolent direct action to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition. She was a keen footballer and when in Gaza she helped to develop local youth teams.

For the last ten years a five-a-side football tournament has been played in her memory in Rafah.  Last year some 320 players joined in. This is only one of a number of initiatives by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, details of which are given on the foundation website:

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