Update about 'UEFA President Michel Platini: Remove UEFA 2013 European Under-21 Championship from IsraHell '


Red Card Israeli Racism wishes to thank all those who endorsed the campaign against an important European football tournament being staged in Israel while that country denies fundamental rights to millions of Palestinians.
In a letter published in the Guardian last week http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2013/may/27/uefa-insensitivity-to-palestinians-plight Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu joined forces with top flight international footballer Frédéric Kanouté and 18 other prominent figures to deplore UEFA’s insensitivity to “the blatant and entrenched discrimination inflicted on Palestinian sportsmen and women by Israel.” They contrasted this with UEFA’s stated determination to stamp out racism in the sport.
The under-21 tournament is going ahead on June 5-18, but the Red Card campaign has shone a spotlight on UEFA’s shameless behaviour in allowing Israel, in the words of the Tutu/Kanouté letter, “to use a prestigious football occasion to whitewash its racist denial of Palestinian rights and its illegal occupation of Palestinian land.”
This message has been widely publicised in the media, assisted by the presence in the UK of Palestinian footballer, former political prisoner and hunger striker Mahmoud Sarsak. You can follow his tour on www.facebook.com/Sarsak2013UKTour and keep track of the ongoing campaign via www.facebook.com/RedCardIR.
Suggested reading: Palestinian plight hits UEFA spotlight, by Jonathan Cook (Al Jazeera 04 Jun 2013). http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/06/201364114012747876.html
Recommended viewing: State of Play: Euro 2013, Football and Palestine (A film by Gregg McDonald of Consequential Films. Producers, Hugh Tisdale and Deborah Rich of Philosophy Football). The film was made on the eve of Israel hosting Euro 2013, and was premiered at the Palestine Olympic Association HQ in Ramallah.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSgqErDOAwI

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