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We the undersigned believe that the presence of Maccabi Haifa, in this years Champions League, is not only inappropriate but also contradictory to the very principles and fundamentals of international sport.

Israel has been illegally occupying Palestinian land for over three decades now, contravening with impunity numerous UN resolutions. Their stranglehold on the Palestinian people has been such that even basic necessities are in short supply. While Israeli sportsmen and women freely tour the world, the sporting talent of Palestine is wasted under illegal occupation and apartheid, curfew, imprisonment, attack, refugee camps and exile. Palestinian children are shot while playing football. The freedom that we take for granted to go out and kick a ball around is denied as they are imprisoned within their own homes.

All Israeli men above the age of 18 years old, and many women also, are conscripts of the Israeli Defence Force, and thus all Israeli players involved in European competition..." will have spent time carrying guns, and may have contributed to the killings of innocent Palestinians. We do not feel that it is entirely appropriate for outstanding players from European peace-loving nations to be on the same field as these individuals.

It is with sadness that we see that UEFA permits teams from Israel to compete in its tournaments. In allowing Israeli participation in the Champions League, UEFA is effectively annulling the very foundations and values that the international sporting community was built on and is approving of the inhumane policies of the Israeli state.

The international boycott of sport has been a powerful means for sensitising world opinion against apartheid and in mobilising millions of people for action against such inhumane systems. The boycott of South Africa was instrumental in bringing down that Apartheid regime. The same pressure now needs to be applied to Israel if justice and freedom are to be attained.

We urge UEFA to use its position in the sporting community to boycott Israel until there is an end to occupation, killing, and state racism. We appeal to UEFA's executive committee to suspend Israel's membership and ban all Israeli football activities in Europe. Such a decision would uphold the fundamentals of nobility, fair play, equality and justice which sport in general, and football in particular seek to portray.

We hope that UEFA, and all other footballing bodies take note of our condemnation.

Yours sincerely,

The Undersigned.

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