Fatah activists in the West Bank have threatened Palestinian teenagers who
recently participated in a friendly soccer match with Israeli youth.
tournament was organized by Mifalot, which describes itself as the largest and
most diverse sports group for development and peace organization in the Middle
Mifalot was founded in 1997 by the owners of Hapoel Tel Aviv
Football Club and the Kahanoff Foundation. It’s mission is to “capture the power
of football in order to build more active, compassionate and cohesive
communities and promote peaceful coexistence.”
The most recent
controversial football match, which was held in Holon as part of a project
called United Neighbors, brought Palestinian and Israeli teenagers together with
the support of the European Union.
But as soon as photos of the
Palestinian and Israeli players appeared on a number of websites, Fatah
activists denounced the event as a form of “normalization” with
Several Fatah activists posted threatening messages on the
Internet against the Palestinian boys and girls who participated in the
A statement issued by the Fatah leadership in Ramallah also
condemned the event, dubbing it a “strange trend.”
threatened to reveal the identities of the Palestinians who were responsible for
organizing the football match with Israelis.
Fatah accused the organizers
of “ignoring the fact that Israel has not accepted the principle of coexistence
and is continuing to violate all international laws and the will of the
international community for achieving peace in the Middle East.
past few years, Fatah has been spearheading a campaign against informal meetings
between Israelis and Palestinians.
Fatah activists have foiled a number
of events planned by Israeli and Palestinian nongovernmental organizations under
the pretext that such meetings are aimed at “normalizing” relations between the
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