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Tell Argentina and Uruguay: There’s Nothing Friendly About Israeli Apartheid

Urge Argentina and Uruguay national football teams to stand with Palestinian footballers and cancel the "friendly" match in apartheid Israel.

Tell Argentina and Uruguay: There’s Nothing Friendly About Israeli Apartheid

[En español]

The Argentina and Uruguay national football teams are planning a “friendly” match in apartheid Israel on November 18.

Last year, letters from Palestine, a huge outpouring on social media and actions on the ground in Buenos Aires and Barcelona convinced Argentina to cancel a planned friendly match in Jerusalem.

Israel uses the prestige of championship teams like Argentina and Uruguay and star players Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez to sports-wash its regime of oppression, apartheid and occupation.

We’ve stopped this before. We can stop it again.

Tell Argentina and Uruguay: There’s Nothing Friendly About Israeli Apartheid

The Khadamat Rafah Football Club in Gaza wrote to both teams urging them “not to allow the beautiful game to be used as cover for gross human rights violations.”

Khadamat Rafah overcame huge obstacles caused by Israel’s brutal 12-year siege and repeated military aggressions to win the 2019 Gaza League championship. However, Israel’s severe restrictions, which shamefully deny Palestinians their right to freedom of movement, prevented the team from playing in the Palestine Cup. This is cruelty by design.

Tell Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez: Palestinian Footballers need your support

Groups in Argentina and Uruguay are mobilizing on the ground to convince the teams to stand with Palestinian footballers in their struggle for the right to live and play.

Join them on social media! See sample tweets and posts below to send a strong message to Argentina and Uruguay that fans around the world won’t stand for them teaming up with Israel’s regime of oppression.

Sample Social Media tweets and posts using image above:

Israel has detained, maimed, killed Palestinian footballers and bombed Palestinian stadiums.

@Argentina & @Uruguay, there's nothing "friendly" about Israel's attacks on Palestinian sports.

Stand with Palestinian athletes. Cancel match in apartheid Tel Aviv. #rioplatensesnovayan

Tweet: Israel has killed Palestinian players & bombed Palestinian stadiums.</p>
<p>@Argentina & @Uruguay, there's nothing 'friendly' about Israel's attacks on Palestinian sports.</p>
<p>Stand with Palestinian athletes. Cancel match in apartheid Israel. #rioplatensesnovayan pic.twitter.com/hSKfHfjChX

Israel denied travel for winning Gaza team, forcing cancellation of 2019 Palestine Football Cup.

There's nothing "friendly" about Israel's attacks on Palestinian sport.

@Argentina & @Uruguay, stand with Palestinian teams. Cancel match in apartheid Tel Aviv. #rioplatensesnovayan

Tweet: Israel denied travel for top Gaza team, forcing cancellation of 2019 Palestine Cup.</p>
<p>There's nothing 'friendly' about Israel's attacks on Palestinian sport.</p>
<p>@Argentina & @Uruguay, please cancel your match in apartheid Tel Aviv. #rioplatensesnovayan pic.twitter.com/hSKfHfjChX

Write to Argentina and Uruguay: Cancel "Friendly" Match in Apartheid Israel

Argentina and Uruguay National Football Teams

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