Jamal Al-Khodari, Head of the Popular Committee Against the Siege, has condemned an Israeli decision to prevent nine footballers from Gaza to cross into the West Bank to participate in a football competition.
“The Israeli occupation insisted to continue its siege against the Gaza Strip and its people. It targeted all life streams from Gazans including sport,” said Al-Khodari, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency.
The players were expected to participate in the final game in Palestine Championship against the Hebron team.
Al-Khodari called on theÂ FIFA to protect the Palestinian sport form, the continuousÂ violations by Israelis, and to allow them to maintain their rights in having a normal life, as other peoples around the world.
The Israeli occupation targeted a number of playgrounds and sport facilities in the Gaza Strip, during the 2014 offensive.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.