Futbol aka soccer – a game in Israel’s crosshairs

لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?

Mural on Palestine Stadium entrance in Gaza Mural on Palestine Stadium entrance in Gaza

The international FIFA scandal got more ink and soundbites than it deserved, in my humble opinion.

Maybe that organization is oozing in corruption, and the arrests of high FIFA officials were warranted. It wouldn’t surprise me.

Maybe Sepp Blatter’s reelection was fair and square. I doubt it.

The real story here never got much attention. I’m disappointed.

Palestine Stadium Palestine Stadium

Here’s the story you should have read or seen on the nightly news:

1) Israeli authorities have routinely locked up Palestinian futbol (aka soccer) players, and thrown away the keys. Mahmoud Sarsak comes to mind. Arrested and held without charge for 3 years, he was finally freed following a very long hunger strike when he lost more than 1/2 his body weight. (* I think he’s recently been detained again.) And it’s well-documented that Israeli authorities frequently prevent or delay Palestinian athletes from…

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