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Child footballers killed by Israel get no justice

By Ali Abunimah*

(Aug. 29) – On 16 July 2014, Israeli forces fired missiles that killed the four Baker boys – Ahed, Zakaria, Muhammad and Ismail – as they played soccer on a Gaza City beach.

The killing of the boys, all aged between 10 and 11, was witnessed by international journalists at a nearby hotel. Continue reading

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Palestine Cup soccer final delayed after Israel bars Gaza players from traveling to West Bank

The Gaza team must cross the Israeli border to reach the West Bank city of Hebron, where Sunday’s game was set to take place. Nidal al-Mughrabi

Gaza's Shujaiyeh United soccer club plays Hebron’s Al-Ahly soccer club at Alyarmouk stadium in Gaza City, August 6, 2015 | AP

Gaza’s Shujaiyeh United soccer club plays Hebron’s Al-Ahly soccer club at Alyarmouk stadium in Gaza City, August 6, 2015 | AP

REUTERS (August 7)  – The Palestinian Football Federation postponed the final Palestine Cup game between the champion teams of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank after Israel denied entry permits to some of the Gaza players, sports officials said. Continue reading

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Sighting. Gaza’s amateur sports facilities destroyed by Israeli strikes

Gaza’s sports facilities – already suffering under siege – were reduced into rubble by Israeli bombs. The deliberate devastation reinforces the just demand for the right of the Palestinian people for self-determination.

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Israel’s 51-day military offensive in late summer 2014 reportedly killed 32 athletes and wounded 27 others while also destroying some 30 sports facilities, including gyms and stadiums. The Ministry of Youth and Sports in Gaza estimated the overall damage in the sports sector to exceed three million dollars. – Mohammed Asad, Middle East Eye

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Top soccer coach quits over Israeli ‘security situation’

AP (Aug. 26) – Maccabi Tel Aviv says its football coach has quit because of the “current security situation” in Israel. Continue reading

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‘Moral’ Zionists target Lionel Messi

Argentinian-Barcelona soccer star expressed sympathy for fallen youth.

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Argentina’s Lionel Messi demonstrates his respect for the late Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela

Lionel Messi’s expression of sympathy for children killed during Israel’s genocidal assault on Gaza has elicited a perfidious counter-campaign by Zionists, exploiting the death of Daniel Tragerman, the four-year-old Nahal Oz resident killed by a mortar on August 22.

“As a father and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, I am terribly saddened by the images coming from the conflict between Israel and Palestine, where violence has already claimed so many young lives and to injure countless children,” Messi had posted on his Facebook page on August 7. Continue reading

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Palestinian soccer set back by death of coach, 2 players in Gaza aggression

Death of soccer legend, aspiring youths, bring to the fore how no part of Palestinian society is escaping the violence and destruction.

 (Aug. 14) – The recent killing of Palestinian soccer legend and coach Ahed Zaqout symbolizes the setbacks the local sport have suffered in the wake of renewed conflict in Gaza, according to website Inside World Football. Continue reading

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Israel kills Palestinian football legend

Ahed-Zaqout.Palestine49-year-old Ahed Zaqout was not known to belong to any particular political entity and had never expressed clear political views. Nidal Al-Mughrabi of Reuters reports.

(July 31) – Ahed Zaqout, a former Palestinian national team player, has been killed by an Israeli bomb that hit his apartment in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said on Thursday.

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