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No to the 2022 Champions Trophy in Tel Aviv! – Ummah

This year again, the Professional Football League has decided to renew the holding of the next edition of the Champions Trophy in Israel.

This official meeting between Paris Saint-Germain, champion of France 2022, and FC Nantes, winner of the Coupe de France 2022, is scheduled for Sunday July 31, at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv.1

As for the previous edition, the LFP is organizing this event with Sylvan Adams, Israeli-Canadian businessman, “self-proclaimed ambassador of the State of Israel”2and Comtec Group, an Israeli event production company whose clients include the Israeli government and companies based in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank3. For several years, Sylvan Adams has been investing in high-level sport to change and enhance the image of Israel.4

We strongly oppose the holding of this meeting in Israel. This is a sportwashing event aimed at “whitewashing”, through sport, military occupation, colonization, the apartheid system of the Israeli state and its crimes.

Since the start of 2022 alone, Israeli occupying forces have killed nearly 60 Palestinians5. Among the victims are in particular 2 journalists – the star reporter of Aljazeera Shireen Abu Akleh and Ghufran Warasneh – as well as 16 teenagers including 2 young footballers Mohammad Ghneim and Thaer Yazouri.

At the same time, Israeli colonization continues. Imprisonments, threats of imminent deportation and attacks by settlers have intensified.
Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that nearly 1,000 Palestinians can be driven out of their villages in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, to have their land converted into a new settlement area. military training, while the government approves a project to build 4,500 homes in illegal settlements. 6

Israel continues to hold 4,450 prisoners, including 160 children. 600 are in administrative detention, i.e. without charge or trial, such as the Franco-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri who has been arbitrarily detained since March 2022. Since the beginning of the year, the occupying forces have arrested more than 2,140 Palestinians. s, largely in occupied Jerusalem and Jenin. 7

Israeli settlers, protected by soldiers, carried out 133 attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank 5.

A year after the last murderous attack by the Israeli army on the Gaza Strip, nothing has really changed. The territory is still under illegal blockade. Few buildings have been rebuilt. Gaza remains an open-air prison, still subject to regular Israeli bombardments. Thousands of Gazan children suffer from mental trauma.8

The right to return of millions of refugees, voted by the UN, is still not respected by the State of Israel, which continues to keep the inhabitants of the refugee camps in misery e s, whether in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Jordan, etc. and to suppress their resistance in the occupied territories such as recently in Jenin and Hebron.

These dramas are part of the continuity of several decades of colonial policy and apartheid vis-à-vis the Palestinian people 9. Playing this match in Tel Aviv would help mask these realities.

We refuse to see French football and these two teams being complicit in Israeli violations of international law and Palestinian human rights.

Recently, the LFP took a strong decision by stopping the broadcasting of Ligue 1 in Russia to sanction its illegal invasion and its war of aggression in Ukraine.10

We urge Mr. Vincent Labrune, President of the LFP, Mr. Waldemar Kita, owner and president of FC Nantes, and Mr. Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, Chairman and CEO of Paris Saint-Germain, to relocate this meeting to France or to move it to another country. We call on players and staff members to join us in supporting our request.

First signatories :

soccer clubs and sports associations

Palestinian Association of Football Amputees (Palestine)

Gaza Democratic Sports Forum (Palestine)

Amputated Cyclists of Palestine (Palestine)

Askar Youth Center (Palestine)

Aida Youth Center (Palestine)

Ahli Qalqilya (Palestine)

The Arab Orthodox Cultural Club- Beit Sahour (Palestine)

Qalandia Youth Center (Palestine)

Al-Khader Sports Club (Palestine)

People’s Soccer. Montpellier

The Beginners

Menilmontant Football Club 1871

Spartak Lille

Caen Popular Football

Collective Counterattack

Association Shiwol Soo Bahk Do (Korean martial art)

Supporter groups

Football 4 Palestine

Paris Saint-Germain Fan Club Malaysia

Paris Saint-Germain Fan Club of Lebanon

Paris Saint-Germain Helsinki Fan Club

PSG review podcast

Football Against Apartheid (UK)

Associations and organizations

Boycott Apartheid Israel Collective – Paris Suburbs

Youth for Palestine – Nantes

Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Collective 45

Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Collective 57

Boycott Divestment and Sanctions France – Montpellier

Orleans Loiret Palestine

France Palestine Solidarity Association

France Palestine Solidarity Association – Albertville

France Palestine Solidarity Association – Paris Sud

France Palestine Solidarity Association – Nîmes

Association France Palestine Solidarity 63

France Palestine Solidarity Association – Gentilly

Association France Palestine Solidarity 44

France Palestine Solidarity Association – Chambéry

France Palestine Solidarity Association – Paris 14-6

France Palestine Solidarity Association 59/62

France Palestine Committee of Rueil and Suresnes

Evry Palestine

Ivryans for Palestine Collective

Association of Palestinians in France-Aljaliya – Union of Palestinian Associations in France

Palestine Citizenship Forum

Collectif Palestine Vaincra

Samidoun Paris region

Movement for a Nonviolent Alternative

Movement for a Nonviolent Alternative Orléans

Communist Workers’ Party of France

United Campaign for the Liberation of Georges Abdallah

French Jewish Union for Peace

Counter Attack (ex-Nantes Revolted)

Women Equality Organization

Collective Marseille Gaza Palestine

West Palestine Solidarity Collective Etang de Berre

Islam & News

Muslim Perspectives

Association of Academics for the Respect of International Law in Palestine

Friends of Jenin Freedom Theater

Franco-Palestinian Medical Association of Aubagne

Solidarity trade union

New Anti-Capitalist Party

Rete dei Comunisti

United Front of Immigrations and Popular Neighborhoods – Paris Suburbs

Paris-Suburb Antifascist Action

Antifascist Association 77

Action Antifasciste Nantes

Antifascist Action Strasbourg

Antifascist Group Lyon and Surroundings

Section of the French Communist Party of Rueil-Malmaison and Garches

National Union of Students of France – Auvergne

Montreuil Palestine Collective

CAPJPO-EuroPalestine

Alliance for Freedom and Dignity International

LGBT for Palestine

Local Union of the General Confederation of Labor of Paris 18

General Confederation of Labor Éduc’action 63

Land and Freedom Association for Arauco

International Civil Campaign for the Protection of the Palestinian People 34

French Association of Friendship and Solidarity with the Peoples of Africa

Decolonial News

Collective 69 of Support for the Palestinian People

International Solidarity Movement – ​​France

Communist Youth Union

Center for International Solidarity Studies and Initiatives

Collective of Muslim Students

Republic Native Party

Association of Maghreb Workers of France

Attack Toulouse

Friends of Arts and Culture of Palestine

Solidarity TourcoinGaza

Federation of Tournaments for Palestine of Toulon

Locu Theater Company

Solidarity Palestine Toulouse

Qatar Youth Opposed to Normalization (Qatar)

BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within (Israel)

Just Peace Advocates / Movement For A Just Peace (Canada)

Canadian BDS Coalition (Canada)

Brussels Panthers (Belgium)

Palestine Citizens Movement (Belgium)

Football clubs, sports associations, groups of supporters and organizations wishing to provide their signature can send an email to [email protected]

3 https://www.comtecint.com/clients/

https://www.radiofrance.fr/franceculture/le-sport-de-haut-nivel-pour-changer-l-image-d-israel-4464466

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/replay-radio/planete-sport/planete-sport-le-milliardaire-qui-voulait-faire-rayonner-israel-par-le-cyclisme_4045671.html

https://www.insideworldfootball.com/2022/04/11/palestine-mourns-death-another-footballer-shot-dead-israeli-forces/

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/proche-orient/israel-palestine/cisjordanie-israel-approve-pres-de-4-500-logements-dans-des-colonies_5135032.html

The Israeli authorities have renewed the administrative detention of Salah Hamouri for three months, ie until September 5th. https://www.humanite.fr/monde/salah-hamouri-les-autorites-israeliennes-prolongent-sa-detention-administrative-752916

8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANuSxZzKUqE

https://www.franceinter.fr/emissions/le-zoom-de-la-redaction/le-zoom-de-la-redaction-du-vendredi-20-mai-20229 see in particular the reports of the NGOs Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Betselem
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2022/02/israels-apartheid-against-palestinians-a-cruel-system-of-domination-and-a-crime-against-humanity/

https://www.hrw.org/en/news/2021/04/27/abusive-israeli-policies-constitute-crimes-apartheid-and-de

https://www.btselem.org/publications/fulltext/202101_this_is_apartheid

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