Rights group slams UEFA for ignoring Palestinian plight

May 28, 2013 16:25

UEFA, European football's governing body, is being accused of "rewarding Israel's cruel and lawless behavior" by granting it the honor of hosting the European Under-21 finals in June, The Guardian reported.

In a letter addressed to the British newspaper, a rights group composed of figures such as Nobel peace prize laureate and former archbishop Desmond Tutu, footballer Frédéric Kanouté and famous playwright Caryl Churchill have accused the body of showing "total insensitivity to the blatant and entrenched discrimination inflicted on Palestinian sportsmen and women by Israel."Signatories of the letter urged UEFA to follow the "brave" example of Stephen Hawking who declined to take part in an international conference in Israel.

They called on UEFA "to reverse the choice of Israel as a venue."

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