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Amputee Soccer Team a Game Changer for Gaza Wounded News Roundup
Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters

Amputee Soccer Team a Game Changer for Gaza Wounded

A soccer team made up of Palestinians who lost limbs to Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip is giving its players new purpose.

on July 3, 2018
Argentina Won’t Play Israel in Soccer Because Slaughtering Palestinians Has Consequences News Roundup
Robert Mackey, The Intercept

Argentina Won’t Play Israel in Soccer Because Slaughtering Palestinians Has Consequences

Palestinians celebrated a diplomatic victory on Wednesday as Israel confirmed the cancellation of a high-profile visit to Jerusalem by Argentina’s national soccer team, which had been scheduled for Saturday

on June 6, 2018
Argentina’s Messi Won’t Play in Jerusalem: How a Soccer Game Became a Diplomatic Disaster News Roundup
Andres D'Alessandro and Noga Tarnopolsky, Los Angeles Times

Argentina’s Messi Won’t Play in Jerusalem: How a Soccer Game Became a Diplomatic Disaster

It was supposed to be a “friendly” soccer game in Jerusalem — a no-stakes warm-up for Argentina’s national team a week before it heads to the World Cup. Instead, it became a diplomatic disaster.

on June 6, 2018
FIFA Delays Stand on Israeli Settlement Football Teams News Roundup
Al Jazeera

FIFA Delays Stand on Israeli Settlement Football Teams

FIFA has said in a statement that it is "premature" to take any final decision on the controversial issue of Israeli football clubs in the West Bank. The communique came after a five-hour long FIFA Council meeting on Tuesday in Bahrain, in advance of the issue being scheduled for discussion by its annual congress, which takes place in Manama on May 11.

on May 10, 2017
NFL Players Cancel Israel Visit After Minister Announces Intention to Use Them as ‘Influencers’ News Roundup
Jack Moore, Newsweek

NFL Players Cancel Israel Visit After Minister Announces Intention to Use Them as ‘Influencers’

Superbowl winner and Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has cancelled a planned trip to Israel after a government minister announced its intention to use him and other players...

on February 13, 2017
NFL Players Pulls Out of Israel Trip, ‘Feels Used’ News Roundup
Josef Federman, AP

NFL Players Pulls Out of Israel Trip, ‘Feels Used’

An American professional football player has pulled out of a sponsored trip to Israel, accusing its government of trying to use him for PR purposes and citing sympathy for the Palestinians.

on February 12, 2017
Seahawks’ Michael Bennett Withdraws from Israel Trip, Citing Sympathy for Palestine News Roundup
Cindy Boren, The Washington Post

Seahawks’ Michael Bennett Withdraws from Israel Trip, Citing Sympathy for Palestine

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett has withdrawn at the last minute from a sponsored trip to Israel, saying the government there is using him for a public-relations...

on February 12, 2017
Michael Bennett Boycotts Trip, Says He Won’t Be Used by Israel News Roundup
Steve Almasy, CNN

Michael Bennett Boycotts Trip, Says He Won’t Be Used by Israel

Michael Bennett, a Pro Bowl defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, is one of the NFL's most outspoken players on social issues. And once again he is in the middle of a controversy after announcing...

on February 12, 2017
Citing Human Rights Concerns, Michael Bennett to Skip Israel Visit News Roundup
ESPN.com News Services

Citing Human Rights Concerns, Michael Bennett to Skip Israel Visit

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has withdrawn from a group of NFL players planning to visit Israel next week. Writing about his decision in posts on Twitter and Instagram on Friday...

on February 11, 2017