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Respect to the Brasilian Football Teams!

Diplomatic tensions have sparked recently between Israel and Brazil over none other than a soccer match, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday.

The Brazilian government decided to extend a gesture to the Palestinian people and hold a friendly game between two of its leading soccer teams – Sao Paulo’s Corinthians and Rio de Janeiro’s Flamingo – in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

With famed player Ronaldo as the Corinthians’ striker and Falmingo being one of the world’s top soccer teams, many Israelis would undoubtedly love to attend the game, but the Brazilians have made it clear that they are not interested in playing in Israel – only in the Palestinian Authority.

Giora Bachar, the Israeli ambassador to Brasilia inquired about the reports in the local media with the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, which confirmed them.

Bachar filed an official protest with the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, but his report to Jerusalem did indicate that the initiative has yet to find a sponsor.

“I intend to make the Brazilians understand that if a similar game is not held in Israel, we will see it as an act of ostracism,” he said. “It would be better off if they held two games, or better still – a joint game for the Israelis and Palestinians.”

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  • 5 Responses for "Brazilian Football (Soccer) teams will not play in Israel but in Palestine instead"

    1. Ikram Hadi June 18th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

      Israel…always needy, arrogant and selfish.

    2. Abu Ibrahim June 18th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

      When it comes to politics, freedom, justice, and quality of life, Israel has no problem keeping themselves separate from the Palestinians. Even so much as to build a wall between them.

      But when it comes to an exhibition soccer game, all of a sudden Israel wants to be one with the Palestinians.

      I wonder if Israel will start demanding the U.S. treat Palestine the same as they treat Israel as well and give them $6 billion in military and foreign aid.

    3. Phil June 20th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

      much respect to the South Americans

    4. Al Sudani June 21st, 2009 at 7:17 am

      Agree with Abu Ibrahim.

    5. abdo March 27th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

      israel, you are ruining palestine and finally palestine gets to have something you god damn zionist dont you have to ruin it…like what you jews always do all you do is ruin stuff just like americans.

      VIVA PALESTINE!!

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