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Asian Soccer Tournament Is Field Of Dreams For Palestine's Players - Yahoo News

Palestine finished third after beating Chinese Taipei , the name used by Taiwan, which faces its own complex challenges to statehood (China considers it a breakaway province). ACCUSATIONS OF HAMAS TIES Israel defends the travel restrictions on security grounds. Last spring, Israels Shin Bet security force arrested Palestinian player Samah Maraaba and accused him of meeting with a member of Hamass military wing while on tour in Qatar and of couriering money, a cellphone, and a note to Hamas members in the West Bank. Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat accused Palestinians of misuse of sports in a fashion that threatens the security of Israeli civilians. Mr. Maraaba has since been released. FIFA has tried to address Israeli restrictionson the movements of the Palestinian team, but Rajoub says its had little impact.But we will not raise a white flag. We have to continue with persistence to http://lawrencevxcs.hazblog.com develop the game, because this is the only way were going to corner [Israel], he says, whipping a red card out of his shirt pocket.
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