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April 7, 2009

A goal for peace

Filed under: testimonies — newritings @ 9:29 pm
October 2008, the kick off of a determined, and united team

October 2008, the kick off of a determined, and united team

A few months ago football kindled the spirits of national cohesion and hope. This was a  few months before the war on Gaza and the  spark that was ignited was a very simple act yet remains a fundamental right of all human beings, when  Palestinians saw their team stand proudly as the national anthem played before the start of their friendly football match against Jordan at the newly established stadium in the West Bank town of al-Ram, on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The red letter day was October 26, 2008.

FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, gave his blessings for the match to go ahead and the match in the West Bank was the first ever international match of the Palestine  team played on home soil.  Palestine has been a member of FIFA since 1998 – although Palestine is not yet truly free, with the occupation of 1967 lands and the West bank and Gaza still under Israeli control, and military rule.

Now from amidst the bombed-out buildings and battered hopes, the ball of peace is rolling and hopefully will gather an unstoppable momentum off the field that will realise the hopes of millions of Palestinians in exile and under occupation for a Palestinian homeland worthy of the name. For this to be realised those who play unfairly, on an off the field, use racism and foul means in the game of life must be brought to book. Yellow cards are not enough, red cards of expulsion for those who do not want to live and let live, but as commentator, I confess I am getting carried away.

A corner is taken quickly…and the ball is back in play, and …the Palestinian National Football Team will play a friendly match against FC Molenbeek Brussels on Wednesday 6th May 2009 at the Edmond Machtens Stadium of Molenbeek in Brussels, Belgium. according to the EU this  match is a ” commemoration of the 60th anniversary of UNRWA*, and to highlight the partnership between the European Union and UNRWA, the FC Brussels from Molenbeek will host the Palestinian National Football Team for their first ever game in Europe. The match will be organised around the theme “A Goal for Peace”. It is supported by the European Commission, the Commune of Molenbeek and the General Delegation of Palestine in Brussels.”

This is a good  idea, but we all must do more on the field and off the field. We must demand a level playing field, and the USA cannot be the referee, nor a passive spectator…

Contacts:

Commune of Molenbeek: Mr. Jamal Ikazban – 02 412 37 81

European Commission: Mrs. Christiane Hohmann – 02 299 11 96

UNRWA: Mr. Matthias Burchard – 02 256 7585

General Delegation of Palestine in Brussels: Mr. Adel Atieh – 02 735 16 39

* UNRWA – United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

http://www.unrwaat60.org

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  1. […] newritings created an interesting post today on a goal for peaceHere’s a short outlineOctober 2008, the kick off of a determined, and united team A few months ago football kindled the spirits of national cohesion,  a few months before the war on Gaza Players. This spark was ignited when the  Palestinian national football team hear their national anthem before the start of their friendly football match against Jordan at the newly established stadium in the West Bank town of al-Ram, on the outskirts of Jerusalem on October 26, 2008. FIFA president gave his blessings for the matc […]

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  2. […] newritings put an intriguing blog post on a goal for peaceHere’s a quick excerptOctober 2008, the kick off of a determined, and united team A few months ago football kindled the spirits of national cohesion,  a few months before the war on Gaza Players. This spark was ignited when the  Palestinian national football team hear their national anthem before the start of their friendly football match against Jordan at the newly established stadium in the West Bank town of al-Ram, on the outskirts of Jerusalem on October 26, 2008. FIFA president gave his blessings for the matc […]

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