12-07-2005, 09:01 AM #1
I posted a thread a while ago about Israelis and Palestinians playing a joint soccer game...here's the latest results...pathetic!!
Palestinian soccer union plans to punish 'Peace Team' players
The Palestinian FA plans to punish players under its jurisdiction for participating alongside Israelis in a "Peace Match" in Barcelona, an official said on Wednesday.
A 'Peace Team' of Israeli and Palestinian players lost 2-1 to Barcelona at the Nou Camp last week in front of 31,820 spectators, including many dignitaries.
"The Palestinian FA will form a committee to investigate the players who participated in the match ... everyone involved will be punished," senior FA official Jamal Zaqout told Reuters.
"We act in accordance with the attitude of our people who are against normalization (of relations with Israel) before the end of the occupation," Zaqout said, referring to Israel's hold over lands captured in the 1967 Middle East war.
Fifteen Israelis, including many internationals and 12 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank joined up for the match sponsored by Israeli statesman Shimon Peres' Center for Peace foundation.
Zaqout, who is based in the Gaza Strip, said the five West Bank players who competed, including national team member Khaldon Fahd would be subject to the investigation.
The official Palestinian national team and their Israeli Arab coach Azmi Nassar were participating in a tournament in Qatar at the time, losing to Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
A Peres Center spokeswoman said the Palestinian FA's reaction was "irresponsible and annoying."
"The Peres Center together with its Palestinian partner, the Abu Sukar Center, received the blessing of [Palestinian Authority Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas and [his senior security adviser] Jibril Rajoub for the match," spokeswoman Michal Eldar said.
"The match in Barcelona was an unprecedented event in which we managed to convey to the world the message of peace and cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians," she said.
A spokesman for the Israel FA (IFA) said it had approved the participation of its players.
Israel's FA has been generally supportive of its Palestinian counterpart, which became a full FIFA member in 1998.
12-07-2005, 10:05 AM #2
I like fooseball
12-07-2005, 10:36 AM #3Originally Posted by Nismo
12-07-2005, 11:13 AM #4Retired Vet
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12-07-2005, 11:14 AM #5Originally Posted by AIZ
12-07-2005, 11:40 AM #6Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
12-07-2005, 11:52 AM #7
I dont think Palestinians should be playing peace games with their oppressors. Its like Blacks in America playing a peace game with Whites, during slavery.
12-07-2005, 01:39 PM #8Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
12-07-2005, 01:41 PM #9Originally Posted by AIZ
Anyone that even makes peace agreements with Israel when Israel is in a state of war with the Palestinians are traitors and hopefully they all go to hell.
12-07-2005, 01:45 PM #10Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
12-07-2005, 03:26 PM #11
politics and sports are two separate entities its a shame when you mix both
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