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Israel has canceled the FIFA Palestine Cup

Israel denied travel permits to the Gaza team without any reasonable explanation | Dave Zirin

Palestine Cup Opening match, the Gaza Strip, June 2019 | SAID KHATIB / AFP

It’s been barely noticed, but this past week saw an incursion of politics into sports like no other. With little reason, the Israeli government made the decision to cancel the Palestinian national football club championship, otherwise known as the FIFA Palestine Cup. The contest between Gaza’s Khadamat Rafah club and Nablus’s FC Balata, located in the central West Bank, had to be called off when Israel denied travel permits to the Gaza team. The trip would have been just a couple of miles. Continue reading

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Israel won’t allow Palestine Cup soccer game, cites ‘security reasons’

Palestine Football Association slams reason behind refusing entry for Gaza team members as ‘a complete lie’ after Shin Bet argues they’re associated with terrorism | JACK KHOURY in Haaretz

Palestine Cup Opening match, the Gaza Strip, June 2019 | SAID KHATIB / AFP

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FIFA suspends Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub for ‘inciting violence’

Turning truth on its head, FIFA gives year-long suspension after Mr Rajoub allegedly called on “football fans to target the Argentinian Football Association and burn jerseys of Lionel Messi.”

Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub

Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub

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The beautiful game: a history of whitewashing international crimes 

Nunca Mas “Never Again” Argentina’s Dirty War

By HUSSEIN SAMIH*

(June 8) – In the summer of 1978, at the height of Argentina’s brutal right-wing dictatorship, the 11th FIFA World Cup took place amidst an outcry over granting legitimacy to a state that is now known to have been responsible for the disappearances of around 30,000 people. Continue reading

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An affront to history: Giro d’Italia’s ‘sport-washing’ of Israeli apartheid

Despite Italian media’s partaking in Israel’s ‘sport-washing’, hundreds of Italians protested at various stages of the race. Israel paid $12 million to RCS Sport for the Giro promotion. | RAMZY BAROUD* 

A rider practises opposite to the David Tower of Jerusalem

A rider practises opposite to the David Tower of Jerusalem’s Old City before the beginning of Stage 1. | Reuters

For the first time since its inception in 1909, the legendary Italian cycling race, Giro d’Italia kicked off outside Europe and, strangely enough, from the city of Jerusalem on May 4.

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An affront to history: Giro d’Italia’s ‘sport-washing’ of Israel

A rider practises opposite to the David Tower of Jerusalem's Old City before the beginning of Stage 1.

‘Was the 12 million dollars received by the organizers from Israel and its supporters a worthy price to ignore the suffering of Palestinians and to help normalize Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people?’

For the first time since its inception in 1909, the legendary Italian cycling race, Giro d’Italia kicked off outside Europe and, strangely enough, from the city of Jerusalem on May 4. Continue reading

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Three years after Israeli attack that ended their careers, ex-soccer players call on FIFA to protect Palestinian rights

Jawahar Halbiyeh and Adam Jamous three years after they were shot and injured | Mondoweiss/Sheren Khalel

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