A group of Premier League footballers and players in other major European leagues have condemned plans to hold the Under-21 European championship in Israel next year, saying it will be seen as a “reward” for this month’s assault on Gaza in which young people playing football were killed when a sports stadium was bombed. The signatories, who include Eden …

The president of Israel’s football association said yesterday that there was never any doubt the country could host next year’s European under-21 football championship, even when Palestinian militants were bombarding Israel with rockets during heavy fighting earlier this month. The president of Israel’s football association said yesterday that there was never any doubt the country …

On 29 November 2012 Former Tottenham and Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute and 51 footballers signed the following statement rejecting Israeli  hosting of the UEFA 2013 under 21 finals. We, as European football players, express our solidarity with the people of Gaza who are living under siege and denied basic human dignity and freedom. The latest …

Electronic Intifada reports an excellent 15-minute documentary by the American cable television network ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, aired last week on ESPN’s award-winning primetime sports show E:60, sheds light on the Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem. Fans of Beitar Jerusalem, a member of Israel’s Premier League and enjoys a large fan base in and around Jerusalem, are …

The following EDM was submitted by Sir Bob Russell in October 2012. That this House congratulates the Football Association for its Kick It Out campaign against racism in football; registers with profound disapproval, however, that the FA is prepared to participate in the European Under-21 football tournament to be played in Israel in June 2013, …

Three Palestinian youth from Silwan were arrested by Israeli forces at Hizme checkpoint on Thursday, October 4. Ahmad Najib (22), Reyad al-A’war (22), and Ashraf Shweki (18) were on their way home to Ras al-Amoud neighborhood of Silwan from a soccer game when they were stopped at the checkpoint. Officers claimed that their ID cards …

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