Kicking the Ball Against the Wall
On Tuesday, The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was chagrined by the cancellation of the scheduled soccer match between the Palestinian National Soccer team and the Central African soccer team in Palestine, by the Central African Republic government. FIFA had slated the match for the 17th of November 2010.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in an official statement, the decision is a sign of deference to Israel. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said such incidents impede the path to peace in the region, which is supported by the International Community. The Ministry claimed that it illustrates the link between politics and sports. The Ministry forgot about the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
The so-called link between politics and sports, which the Palestinians claim should not exist, has slighted Israel so often in the past. Israeli tennis talent, Shahar Pe’er was refused a visa by the United Arab Emirates, preventing her from competing in the Sony Ericsson World Tennis Association Tour in Dubai, in February of 2009.
Ever since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iranian athletes have refused to compete against Israeli athletes in international sporting events. Iran lost a possible medal and points in the 2010 World Wrestling Championships in Moscow, earlier this year when the Greco-Roman wrestler Taleb Nematpour refused to compete against his Israeli rival for the championship match. He said:
â€œI avoided the match as a sign of sympathy with the people of Palestine.â€
Esmail Kowsari, a legislator and staunch opponent of any direct competition between Iranians and Israelis, claims that:
â€œSuch justifications â€“ made to international athletic federations and committees to avoid penalties â€“ are unnecessary and athletes should be proud of withdrawingâ€¦I say our athletes shouldnâ€™t even use illness as an excuse for their honourable deedâ€¦We have repeatedly announced that we donâ€™t recognize Israel.â€
When the Iranian Arash Miresmaeili refused to fight Israeli Ehud Vaks in the Judo championship of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Ayatollah Khamenei told the young athlete, â€œThis was worth a hundred medals.â€
Hamas: Ahmadinejad, Visit Gaza Like You Visited Lebanon!
This week, Hamas invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Gaza.
In an interview Tuesday with the Fars news agency in Gaza, Hamas Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmed Yousef said a visit by the Iranian president would:
“Boost the morale of the Palestinian people and the resistance.”
“We invite Ahmadinejad to visit the Gaza Strip and we are confident that this trip will be of paramount importance.”
Yousef said to the Iranian Press TV network.
Obama Inhaled Too Many Volcanic Ash Fumes in Indonesia:
U.S. President Barack Obama criticized Israel on Tuesday during a news conference in Indonesia, following an announcement on Monday that Israel has proceeded with plans to build 1,345 homes in east Jerusalem.
“This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations.”
Said Obama in Jakarta.