Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Israel's friendly with Argentina postponed after Palestinian threats

Israel's friendly with Argentina postponed after Palestinian threats

"The friendship between Argentina and Israel, which will soon celebrate its 70th anniversary, is not about a football match".

"As far as I know, the players of the national team were not willing to play the game", Faurie said, pointing to security concerns stemming from tensions on Israel's borders and in Jerusalem.

"For us it is unacceptable to hold this game in Jerusalem because it is occupied territory, and it is painful to see that the team, which has the love and support of so many Palestinians and Arab citizens, support the violation of worldwide law", he said.

It has also been claimed that several Argentina players were uneasy about travelling to Israel for the game before its cancellation.

"The Palestinian football federation praised the players of the Argentine team led by star Messi and the rest of the players".

Lionel Messi of Argentina stretches before an global friendly match between Argentina and Haiti at Alberto J. Armando Stadium on May 29, 2018, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

On Sunday, PFA chief Jibril Rajoub had urged fans to burn Messi photos and shirts if the Argentina superstar faced Israel in the scheduled friendly.

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On Argentina's World Cup chances, Messi said: "We have to make ourselves stronger to be at the same level as France, Germany, Brazil or Spain". "These included video clips showing dead children".

"I think it's a good thing that the match between Argentina and Israel was suspended", Moyano told Radio 10. The stuff that happens in those places, where they kill so many people, as a human being you can't accept that in any way.

The stadium that was to host the match is in west Jerusalem.

The match in Jerusalem's Teddy Kollek Stadium was to be Argentina's final game before they kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16 in Russian Federation.

The development is being seen as a major victory by the supporters of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, which is accused of killing dozens of Palestinian civilians in recent weeks.

Although there is nothing official as of yet, Spanish outlet "Ole" are reporting that the friendly will not be held, and Argentina will not travel to Israel.

The Culture and Sport Ministry's Sharabi, meanwhile, was determined to remain optimistic. "Things are not final, there is still a small hope".

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