Civilians rushed to help after explosions hit a beach where children were playing in Gaza City. Four Palestinian boys died | Tyler Hicks/The New York Times
Israel renewed its ongoing murderous assault on the Palestinian people on July 15 after the scam of its so-called “humanitarian ceasefire.” By Wednesday evening, at least 214 had been killed and over 1,000 people injured. A running count kept by United Nations officials shows that about 75 per cent have been civilians, including more than three dozen children.
Two “surgical” missile strikes killed four young Palestinian boys from a fisher’s family playing football in Gaza when two explosions hit a jetty and beach where they were playing, according to the New York Times. Israel had identified them as so-called “terrorists.”
This massacre is justified by the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper whom, in a personal statement issued on Sunday, cynically declared that the Palestinian government of Gaza headed by Hamas was “deliberately using human shields.”
“To the uninformed viewer, Palestine is a place where women go to see their liberties stripped away,” writes Sami Kishawi, Sixteen Minutes to Palestine, of the multinational’s bogus and false marketing, World Cup trophy tour. “This is a world sport, but for Palestinians, nothing can be further from the truth.” Continue reading
FIFA’s self-serving and so-called FAIR PLAY and TAKE A STAND AGAINST RACISM policy not so “fair” and not so anti-racist. Palestinian FA chairman Jibril Rajoub accuses racist Israel of using “bullying” tactics to restrict its football (soccer) players, teams and tournaments.
THE world soccer’s initiative to resolve travel restrictions on Palestinian players is doomed to fail unless Israel abandons its “bullying policy” and stops “playing games,” Palestinian Football Association chairman Jibril Rajoub has said. Continue reading
The so-called globalization of sports by big monopolies and the sports cartels (leagues, associations) has self-serving aims. Along with striving for domination of the global market, including control over human talent, these include the justification of the unjustifiable, from the racist and fascist South African regime in the 1970s and 1980s to Zionist Israel and the Bahrein and Emirate dictatorships today. Israel’s increasing integration into European competitions, despite its refusal to revive peace talks with the Palestinians, its violation of human rights and its illegal occupation of Historic Palestine, including illegal settlements in the West Bank, is contrary to the highest ideals of amateur sport. It should be met with international opposition of the kind faced by apartheid South Africa, writes JONATHAN COOK* from Nazareth – though not at the expense of the struggle of the Palestinian people themselves for their inalienable rights. – Tony Seed
[April 25, 2013] A DOZEN Palestinian teenagers from the West Bank village of Bilin stride forth in FC Barcelona jerseys, looking no different from thousands of other fans of one of the world’s leading football clubs. But moments later, in the shadow of the oppressive concrete wall, the group remove their shirts and drape them over razor wire the Israeli army has uncoiled around the village. The youngsters then set fire to the jerseys.
This protest, captured earlier this month on a YouTube video, is one of many by Palestinians and their international supporters as they step up their opposition to Israel’s increasing integration into world football, at a cost, say Palestinians, to their own sporting ambitions. Continue reading
By STUART LITTLEWOOD*
I’VE just received a timely reminder about the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) under-21 finals to be held in Israel in June.
Given Israel’s unsporting record and sheer bloody-minded obstructiveness towards the Palestinians’ efforts to participate in national and international sport (examples are listed below in Elizabeth Morley’s email), it is quite outrageous for the British government to applaud and reward the Tel Aviv regime’s racist behaviour. After all, the toffs who run our Westminster government were brought up on the playing fields of Eton and, we presume, had proper sporting values well and truly beaten into them. Continue reading
Supporters of Beitar Jerusalem hold a banner reading “Beitar will always remain pure.” | Reuters/Stringer
By DAVE ZIRIN
“It’s not racism. They just shouldn’t be here.”
Not even in the earliest days of Jackie Robinson’s 1947 historic debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers did Brooklyn’s white fans walk out after number 42 stole a base or hit a home run. The Brooklyn faithful’s love of “Dem Bums” trumped any racism that simmered in the stands. What does it say that sixty-six years later, Israeli fans of the soccer club Beitar Jerusalem have not evolved to postwar-Brooklyn standards of human decency? Continue reading
ISRAEL’S state football team had to endure a barrage of pro-Palestinian chanting throughout their 8-0 defeat by Scotland in the Women’s Euro qualifier at Tynecastle on Saturday, June 16th, in a protest aimed at highlighting the injustice of what FIFA president Sepp Blatter termed, Israel’s “alleged illegal detention of Palestine football players.” Continue reading
“In the name of sporting solidarity”
Sevilla’s Frederic Kanoute (L) celebrates next to Luis Fabiano after scoring against Deportivo Coruna during their Spanish King’s Cup soccer match at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville January 7, 2009. (Marcelo Del Pozo / Newscom)
By ALI ABUNIMAH
“IN THE NAME of sporting solidarity, justice and human rights, we declare our support for Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak. As European sportsmen, we believe that every person has the right to a fair and independent trial.” Continue reading
By ALI ABUNIMAH*
Palestinians paint a mural depicting Mahmoud al-Sarsak in southern Gaza on June 10. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
PALESTINIAN footballer Mahmoud Sarsak is still on hunger strike and is determined to continue until he dies or Israel agrees to free him, his lawyer Mahmoud Jabarin said today. Continue reading
On June 3, Palestinian national soccer team member Mahmoud Sarsak completed 80 days of a grueling hunger-strike. He had sustained the strike despite the fact that nearly 2,000 Palestinian inmates had called off their own 28-day hunger strike weeks ago. Continue reading