Palestinian killed trying to breach Israel fence

Marsha Scott
June 8, 2018

Fans should burn Lionel Messi photos and shirts if the Argentina star faces Israel in a friendly, Palestinian Football Association chief Jibril Rajoub said.

Israel has accused kites flying from Gaza during the recent Great March of Return of sparking the fires.

Rajoub has attempted to get global soccer and sports organizations to impose sanctions against Israel, but has not been successful.

Speaking in Jerusalem, Friedman said his criticism was aimed mainly at "my friends in the United States and one Israeli newspaper I've been known to criticize here" - seemingly a reference to Haaretz, which the ambassador slammed in February after Gideon Levy published a piece criticizing him and his donation of an ambulance to a West Bank settlement.

"Two launches were identified from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory".

"I was peacefully participating in the demonstration. I was directly targeted by occupation snipers", Obeid says.

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Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian who tried to cross the border from Gaza armed with an ax on Monday, the military said in a statement.

Obeid urges Messi and his national team "to stand in solidarity with Palestinians and to boycott the scheduled game with Israel, which is occupying our land".

The protests, led by the Islamic militant Hamas that rules Gaza, are meant to oppose an 11-year-old Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the tiny coastal strip which was imposed when Hamas seized Gaza from the Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The match was originally slated to be played in Haifa but Israeli authorities contributed funding for it to be moved to Jerusalem, irking Palestinians further. "The Israeli government has turned a regular sports match into a political tool".

Israel and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza reached a de facto cease-fire this week after the most intense flare-up of hostilities since a 2014 war, both sides signaling they did not want a wider escalation. However, Guatemala and Honduras followed the USA lead in moving their embassies last month. Argentina, placed in Group D, will open their campaign against Iceland on June 16 at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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