The power of soccer

Can the popular sport be leveraged to resolve conflict?

November 21, 2017 20:38
An Israeli youngster passes the ball to a child from an African asylum-seeking family; in the Inter

An Israeli youngster passes the ball to a child from an African asylum-seeking family; in the Inter Campus soccer program, Israelis, Palestinians and Africans are all teammates. (photo credit: BERNARD DICHEK)


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IN THE soccer fields of Tel Aviv’s Florentin neighborhood, Jerusalem’s Beit Safafa and the Palestinian village of Der Istiya near Nablus, a unique initiative to help overcome the challenges of this region is underway.

Youngsters between the ages of 6-13 from Jewish, Palestinian and African asylum-seeking families attend biweekly training sessions, learn soccer fundamentals and play with one another on mixed teams. They are among the 11,000 young participants in a global project initiated by Italy’s Inter Milan professional soccer team.


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