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Derry Sinn Fein MLA calls on IFA to cancel Northern Ireland's friendly match with Israel at Windsor Park
21 Aug 2018
Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has reiterated calls for the Irish Football Association to cancel the international soccer friendly with Israel on Tuesday 11 September. The Foyle MLA said: “I am reiterating calls for the IFA to reconsider an international friendly planned for Tuesday 11 September with Israel at Windsor Park. “Over recent months we have seen the slaughter of more than 160 Palestinians - men, women and children - by Israeli forces. “Since June, there have been significant steps forward in the campaign against Israeli military aggression with Argentina cancelling a planned pre-World Cup friendly and the loss of major sponsorship deals of the Israeli soccer team. “Sinn Féin continue to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel under which cultural, academic and sporting links fall." He added; “Therefore, I am once again calling on the IFA to cancel this match and send out a strong signal that the slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza, breach of international and human rights abuse won’t be tolerated.”
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