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by BDS Italia category: Cause
This campaign ended on September 05 at 8PM
On September 5 in Haifa, Italy will play against Israel in the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.
This match should not take place. Under the rules of fair play, FIFA should suspend the Israel Football Association.
In addition to practicing colonialism and apartheid against the entire Palestinian population, Israel has killed and injured Palestinian footballers, as well as children playing football, destroyed stadiums and sports centers, prevented the movement of and arrested Palestinian athletes and raided the Palestinian Football Federation headquarters. This summer, Israel blocked the arrival of flags and uniforms for the Palestinian team at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.What’s more, the Israel Football Association includes six teams located in settlements built on stolen Palestinian land in violation of international law.
Just as in 1964, when FIFA suspended South Africa over its apartheid policies, a decision maintained until the end of the Apartheid regime, today we call on FIFA to suspend Israel Football Association until Israel respects Palestinians rights and international law.
Let’s follow the excellent example of hundreds of Celtic fans, who defied the ban on Palestinian flags during the match with the Israeli team Hapoel, filling the stadium. Also in France, during the match between St Etienne and Beitar Jerusalem, many Palestinian flags were waved.
On September 5th, starting at 20:45 (Italian time) during the Italy-Israel World Cup qualifier, let’s show our support for Palestine.
Free Gaza Movement