Thread: Peace and Soccer: Finally!
11-29-2005, 09:10 AM #1
Peace and Soccer: Finally!
What do you guys think of this? I say...FINALLY some good news
Israeli-Palestinian soccer 'peace team' to face Barcelona's stars
By Reuters and Haaretz Service
The joint Israeli-Palestinian soccer "peace team," sponsored by Shimon Peres' Center for Peace, flew to Spain on Sunday for a friendly match against Spain's leading team Barcelona on Tuesday evening.
The "peace team" includes Israeli internationals and Palestinian players from the West Bank.
Most of the 27-member team, which was accompanied by a host of local sports and political dignitaries, flew from Tel Aviv for the match Tuesday, which comes at the end of a two-day Euro-Mediterranean summit in Barcelona. Leaders of all 25 European Union member states and 10 of Mediterranean neighbors are meeting in the city to discuss closer regional cooperation.
The team will be jointly coached by newly-appointed Israel national team coach Dror Kashtan and Palestinian coach Jamal Hadeideh of Tul Karm.
"Soccer is a language that anybody can understand, and I'm happy to be a part of the message that will go out to the world through this match - that Israeli-Palestinian cooperation in soccer is a natural thing," Kashtan said in a statement. "I hope that this game is only the first of many other joint sporting ventures that will take place in the future."
Movie actor and soccer fan Sean Connery, who is in Barcelona to promote Monday's game said: "What we really need is to get back some of the optimism we had five years ago (in the Middle East peace process) and I'm sure there's going to be a change in the climate within a week."
Members of the 15-strong Israeli contingent include national team captain Avi Nimni, veteran defenders Arik Benado and Alon Harazi, and Israeli Arabs Abbas Suan and Walid Badir. Among the 12 Palestinian members is national team captain Haldin Mahed Ali Aloara.
Regular sporting events between Israelis and Palestinians are rare. The Peres center's soccer and basketball coaching program for Israeli and Palestinian youth, which is begun in 2002, is an exception.
The center says some 2,000 children already have benefited from the program, which has promoted projects with the help of Real Madrid's Brazilian striker Ronaldo and Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, who visited the region earlier this year.
11-29-2005, 07:10 PM #2
i am rootin for BRASIL , wooooooooooooooooot !
11-30-2005, 04:31 AM #3Originally Posted by AIZ
Also, this is probably the first time that a Palestinian flag is waved at a game where Israeli players play, and the intention isn't to provoke....
It was very nice of Barcelona to let us off so lightly (losing 2-1 is almost like wining - considering the situation )
11-30-2005, 08:26 AM #4Originally Posted by Rak_Ani
11-30-2005, 08:42 AM #5Originally Posted by Rak_Ani
11-30-2005, 11:13 AM #6Originally Posted by AIZ
I was talking about Palestinians waving Palestinian flags.
I don't see anything wrong with Shalom Achshav as long as they don't become violent. They have a legitimate agenda and unlike what many think, they do have Israel's best at mind.
The clowns who waved syrian flags at the Eurovision just wanted to provoke and get attention.
11-30-2005, 12:29 PM #7Originally Posted by Rak_Ani
11-30-2005, 12:54 PM #8Originally Posted by zOaib
Let me dedicate this song to you (translated from Hebrew):
Give Me a Sign - by Miri Mesika
He doesn't know how I think about him
He doesn't know how every look effects me
One word is enough
One look is enough
Alone at night
Without him knowing I sing to him
One word is enough
One sentance is enough
Give me a sign that you want too
Give me a chance, we'll walk to the edge
I want to tell you, I'm coming to you
Give me your hand
Up there in the sky
If it's possible, I would like
To open an opening
Just to shout how I love you
One word is enough
One smile is enough
Give me a sign....
He doesn't know
How I think about him
11-30-2005, 03:24 PM #9
I hope Rak's response is satisfactory
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