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Football and Whitewashing Apartheid

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**This event is part of the activities KCL Action Palestine will be holding during Israeli Apartheid Week 2018**

On Tuesday 27th of February we are excited to announce a panel discussion on the topic of football in Palestine and the struggle it faces to survive under Israeli oppression and Apartheid.

Football has always been a microcosm of the society it operates in and nowhere is this more evident than in Palestine. Going back to the 1930s with the formation of the Zionist EIFA excluding Palestinian players all the way to the present day, Israeli apartheid policies have been rampant in their aim to quash the sport in Palestine.

Notable examples include;

- Travel restrictions placed on footballers to prevent them from playing both locally and for the national side.

- Acts of extreme physical violence towards players. In 2014 two young footballers were shot in the legs by Israeli forces and told they would never play again. http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=673479

- The systematic destruction of the Palestinian National Stadium and Paralympic Headquarters by Israel. https://www.paralympic.org/news/npc-palestine-headquarters-destroyed

- The normalisation of far-right clubs that openly and frequently sing racist chants. https://www.facebook.com/MiddleEastEye/videos/1620174668047915/

Despite all of this, Palestinian footballers and supporters have shown amazing strength and resilience in the face of this oppression. The situation has prompted solidarity from fan groups across the world for example the Celtic fans’ Palestine campaign for which they were fined by UEFA.

Join us for a discussion on Palestinian football, fighting racism and oppression in the beautiful game, and a look at the global anti-fascist football fan movement and it’s relevance in solidarity with human rights movements around the world.

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Speakers:

- Mahmoud Sarsak is an Ex Palestinian National team professional footballer and activist. In 2009 on his way to linking up with his new club he was arrested and placed in administrative detention and was held without charge for 3 years and tortured. His story received international attention and upon his release has sought to raise awareness on the persecution of Palestinian footballers.

- The Easton Cowgirls are a woman’s football club based in Bristol and are part of a plethora of anti-racist grassroots clubs in the UK. In 2014 alongside Republica Internationale they travelled to the West Bank playing football with Palestinian women’s teams in Hebron, Ramallah, and Bethlehem as well as learning about issues women in football face under the occupation.

- Geoff Lee is a member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and co-founder of Red Card Israeli Racism. He has met with professionals, coaches, and footballers to look at facilities and understand the concerns of Palestinian football officials.

- Martino Simcik is the fan culture editor at COPA90 (gang gang) and has travelled the world meeting supporter groups reporting on fan culture and its intersection with political issues both locally and globally.

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