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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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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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England plays political football over FIFA poppy ban

England Plays Political Football over FIFA Poppy Ban

By FINIAN CUNNINGHAM*

The Rule Britannia brigade were out in force this week furiously denouncing an international football ban on what they say is their right to commemorate Britain’s war dead.

Soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, ruled that when England plays Scotland next week on November 11 neither team is permitted to wear the red poppy symbol on their shirts. Continue reading

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Timeline. Colin Kaepernick’s US national anthem protest and the athletes who are joining him

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests, but has now been joined by athletes from around the sports world | 

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The football quarterback, the US president and a just stand

By TONY SEED (Originally posted on Facebook on September 4, 2016)

An American athlete, Colin Kaepernick, has taken a just stand.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Mr Kaepernick, a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, told NFL Media in an interview after Friday’s game during which he again rightly refused to stand at attention during the playing of the U.S. anthem accompanied by a military flypast. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.

“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he said. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.” Continue reading

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Mass action held in Toronto to denounce IPC’s decision to ban Russia from Rio Games

Participants in the action waved the slogans in Russian and English reading “Shame on WADA”, “Enable Russian Paralympians to join the Games” and “Say No to Bans”

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Rio: Appeal of Russian organizations in Canada

Activists of the Russian community of Toronto, Montreal, and other North American cities will protest against the blanket ban on the Russian National Team of Paralympic athletes from participation in the Rio 2016 Olympics. The decision to ban the athletes demonstrates an absolute disregard for the legal right of people to the presumption of innocence. We cannot allow such blatant attacks on our morals, ethics, and democratic freedoms. Unfortunately, we are witnessing increasing politicization of sports and major sporting events on the planet.

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