BDS Calls on Northern Ireland to Cancel ‘Friendly’ Football Match With Israel

The Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has issued a call to the Irish Football Association to cancel a friendly match between Northern Ireland and Israel, scheduled for September 11, in Belfast. “Holding a friendly match with Israel sends the message that Israel’s indiscriminate slaughter of Palestinians is acceptable; that systematically ending the dreams of promising young Palestinians footballers is not significant,” an online petition by BDS Ireland argues. According to the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott Israel “uses international sporting events to prop up its failing image as it becomes increasingly isolated due to its flagrant contempt for Palestinian rights.”
Read full report in Telsur