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Atlas: Israel violating International Olympic Charter in targeting sportsmen

Oct. 4, 2008 10:32 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 4, 2008 10:32 A.M.)
Bethlehem - The Palestinian sports foundation Atlas Sport published a report on Friday detailing continued Israeli efforts to target the activities of the center, its athletes and affiliates, preventing many from arriving at competitions and even practicing their sports.

The report stated that since the beginning of the second Palestinian Intifada in 2000, there has been 375 Palestinian sportsmen killed and 2000 injured at the hands of Israeli forces. Dozens of sports facilities and clubs buildings have been destroyed in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, preventing Palestinian youth from engaging in high-level or even club sports.

In an effort to bring such atrocities to light, Atlas Sports called on the Palestinian Minister of Sports Tahani Abu Daqqa to work with the foundation to document all Israeli assaults against Palestinian sportsmen and women. The documented cases, said the foundation, should be brought to the attention of international organizations and Olympic committees in order to expose the Israeli actions.

The foundation cited the International Olympic Charter, which prohibits targeted assaults of athletes pursuing their sport.

The actions of Israeli soldiers against Palestinian sportsmen and sportswomen call into question their commitment to Olympic, of not other international, ideals, said the statement.

According to the foundation there were two sportsmen killed in May of 2008, Hamdi Shubeir, footballer at the Khadamat Ash-Shati Club, and Abdul-Raoof Al-Ijlah, chair of the Palestinian federation of body building.

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