Israeli Police Shut Down Palestinian Soccer Tournament in East Jerusalem

Israeli Police Shut Down Palestinian Soccer Tournament in East Jerusalem

Nir Hasson of Haaretz reports the following repression by israeli authorities.

Israeli police shut down a soccer tournament in East Jerusalem on Friday, claiming that it was organized by the Palestinian Authority. The tournament was taking place in the Beit Safafa neighborhood.

According to an order Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, the event was marking Palestinian Prisoners’ Day and was supported by the Palestinian Authority, thus violating the Oslo Agreements which prohibit PA activity in Jerusalem. “Jerusalem is the home of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who have the right to express their collective identity,” said Aviv Tatarsky, a researcher at Ir Amim organization.

“As if the case for the Israeli public, in East Jerusalem sports and culture express a national identity and political ambitions. If Erdan thinks that shutting down a soccer match is going to force Israeli sovereignity on the population, then he must not have read the Hagadah of Passover,” he concluded.

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