Israeli police prevents Palestinian soccer tournament south of Jerusalem

Jerusalem (QNN) – Israeli police prevented a Palestinian soccer tournament in the neighborhood of Beit Safafa in occupied Jerusalem, purportedly for being held under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli police raided Beit Safafa playground and posted a notice issued by Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan banning the soccer tournament from being held at any playground purportedly for being held “under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority to mark the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day”.

The soccer tournament was organized by the Jerusalemites Forum and the Jerusalem Clubs Association.

The Jerusalemites Forum reported its chairman Khaled Sabbah as affirming that the forum is apolitical and is not affiliated with any political actors.

Head of the Forum’s Sports Commission Fadi Ewisat pointed out that 12 teams with players aged between 12 and 13 years from Jerusalem district were scheduled to play in the canceled tournament.

Half of Beit Safafa fell under Israel’s Jerusalem municipality when the municipality’s borders were expanded following the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, in June 1967 and the 1980 Jerusalem Law, which declares the city, including its expanded borders, as Israel’s “undivided, eternal capital”.

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