[Boycott - Sports]
Alert: 16th Sept 2015 - Kick Apartheid out of football - Protest Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Chelsea Football Match
15 September 2015
Date: Wednesday 16th September 2015 6:15pm
Location: Meet at corner of Wansdown Place and Fulham Road (next to Methodist Church) near Fulham Broadway Tube Station (just turn left as you exit- 2mins walk)
15th September 2015, www.inminds.com
Please join us as we protest outside the Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Chelsea FC football match demanding apartheid be kicked out of football. Following on the successful sporting boycott against South African apartheid, Israeli apartheid should similarly be boycotted and Israeli teams excluded from international sporting arenas like UEFA and FIFA.
This protest has been jointly organised with our friends in Football Against Apartheid ( https://footballagainstapartheid.wordpress.com/ )
Its imperative that an apartheid Israel football team does not go unchallenged when it comes to play in our city. The admittance of Israeli teams to international sports rewards Israel's criminal apartheid policies by normalising them. Please join us in this protest to say that there is nothing normal about apartheid, nothing normal about ethnic cleansing and nothing normal about occupation. Remember that Israeli football is deeply militarised - it was revealed that 21 of the 22 man football squad that previously visited Scotland following the Jenin massacre were serving soldiers. War criminals must be brought to justice.
Location: turn left as you leave tube station - 2 mins walk
Its especially sickening to see that at a time when European football fans, including English fans, are united in their message of welcoming refugees, that Maccabi Tel Aviv fans have gone out of their way to display racist banners against refugees at their football match.
Maccabi Tel Aviv fans
Our message at the protest on our placards will be clear - Refugees welcome - Maccabi Tel Aviv Apartheid not welcome.
Palestinian footballer and former hunger striker Mahmoud Sarsak has said:
"Sport carries many values.. Sport is about tolerance, about humanity. Sport means love and peace. That is the message. Like all peoples of the world, we in Palestine, we want to play sports, especially football.
Israel is a country of discrimination and apartheid. It does not stop at the destruction of homes and trees, but it also wants to break human beings, including athletes..
I call on [people].. to show their commitment to justice and equality by insisting that UEFA move their competitions away from Israel. The cultural and sporting boycott and other forms of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) were vital in the fall of the South African apartheid regime, and similar initiatives will be vital to ending Israeli apartheid." - Mahmoud Sarsak
Mahmoud Sarsak is a young footballer from Rafah refugee camp in Gaza, who played for the Palestine National Football Team before being abducted by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint while on his way to join a football club in Balata refugee camp in the West Bank. He was imprisoned and tortured by Israel for over 3 years without charge or trial. He only won his freedom July 2011 after 96 days of hunger strike.
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