Soccer and settlements

From time to time, the Palestine Center distributes articles it believes will enhance understanding of the Palestinian political reality. The following article by Rev. Michael Yoshii was published by The Hill on February 23, 2016.

“Soccer and settlements”

As soccer grows in popularity in the U.S. and more fields sprout up around the country, in some places in the world building a field is not just about love of soccer, but about freedom. Such is the situation in Wadi Foquin, a small agricultural village in the West Bank of the occupied Palestinian territories. The village council of Wadi Foquin began construction on a soccer field in the summer of 2015 to accompany a newly built park providing recreational space for their children, youth, and families.

But in August, construction on the soccer field was halted when the village council received orders from Israeli occupation authorities to stop the project.

 

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