The match is off! The “friendly” match between FC Barcelona and racist Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem will not happen.
FC Barcelona conditioned the match on it not being played in Jerusalem, where Israel continues its gradual ethnic cleansing of Indigenous Palestinian communities.
Beitar Jerusalem refused. Turns out, it really was just about politics and reinforcing Israel's illegal claim of sovereignty over Jerusalem.
FC Barcelona has experienced Israel’s sports-washing first-hand.
All the more reason FC Barcelona must now cancel all its sports-washing events in apartheid Israel, including Barça The Exhibition and the Clásico “peace” match.
Two other teams, Atlético Madrid and Inter Milan have a “friendly” match scheduled in apartheid Israel on August 8.
Pressure worked on Barcelona. We can stop this match, too.
More than 200 Palestinian sports teams wrote to the European clubs, including Balata FC, whose promising young player, 16-year-old Said Odeh, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in early May.
Now it's your turn to take action:
1. Email Atlético Madrid and Inter Milan
Use the form (to the right or below) to send a message to the clubs' management, players and coaches. They need to hear from us.
2. Take action on social media to reach the players
The Atlético Madrid and Inter Milan match is being organized by a Canadian Israeli billionaire who works hand in hand with the Israeli government to use sports to conceal Israeli apartheid.
This is sports-washing. Take action now to stop it.
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