The Irish Times has published a protest letter challenging UEFA’s decision to let Israel host the Under 21 finals in 2013 Irish Times. The letter (appearing under the headline “Israel to host tournament”), mirrors one published in the UK Guardian a month ago, with the addition of prominent Irish names including that of  1976 Nobel Peace Prizewinner  Mairead Maguire. This …

Mr. Platini, We, Palestinian footballers, athletes and sporting organizations and officials, are dismayed that Israel has been rewarded for its continued impunity and violent oppression of our people with the honour of hosting the UEFA Under-21 tournament in 2013. This decision is a drastic reversal of your brave stand just last year against Israeli attacks …

A modest boycott campaign set up a year ago to challenge the awarding of UEFA’s under 21 football championship in 2013 to Israel, has successfully mobilised high profile support for Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak, close to death after a long hunger strike in an Israeli jail. Sarsak, 25, has been refusing food for almost three …

Dear Michel Platini, The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) urges the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) not to hold the UEFA U21 Championship 2013 in Israel. In October 2010 not only did UEFA renew its commitment to anti-racism, you Mr. Platini, earned international recognition, when stating that “We accepted them in Europe and furnished them …

Israel will host the European Under 21 football championship finals in 2013. Israel’s bid was awarded the tournament during the first round of voting by the Uefa Executive Committee in Switzerland on Thursday. One of five candidates bidding to stage the tournament, Israel fought off the challenge of England, Wales, Bulgaria, Czech Republic. The Israel …

Why are the people of Gaza apparently nuts about Barcelona Football Club? The question arose when I asked where I might be able to watch the big champions league match between Barcelona and Arsenal. First, dear reader, a confession. I am an Arsenal fan, and this is an important game. When I explained this to …

Boycotting Israel’s goods and sporting events may not bring peace and justice, but it will send an important message to the country’s leaders. I acknowledge Alex Stein’s plea for understanding and engaging with Israel without demonising it. However, I believe that the treatment meted out to Palestinian footballers detailed by Ismail Patel cannot be ignored if Israel wants …

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