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Iranians hold rallies on Jerusalem Day to support Palestinians

10 Juin 2018

"It's unfortunate the soccer knights of Argentina did not withstand the pressure of the Israeli-hating inciters, whose only goal is to harm our basic right to self-defense and bring about the destruction of Israel", said Liberman.

The sold-out game in Jerusalem was hotly opposed by Palestinians, who claim the eastern part of the city, occupied and later annexed by Israel, as the capital of their future state.

Minister Regev is the same person shown in a video laughing as football fans around her sang "may your village burn!" during a football match in Jerusalem.

"The Embassy of Israel regrets to communicate the suspension of the match between Israel and Argentina", a statement said, referring to "threats and provocations" against Messi.

"The Israeli government is trying to give it political significance by insisting it be held in Jerusalem".

Mr Mansour said the United States veto triggered the request and that Friday's violence "adds to our argument and to the urgency of providing global protection" to Palestinian civilians.

On Thursday, Israeli officials involved in the song competition were cited by Haaretz as saying there was "unease" in the European Broadcasting Union about holding the contest in Jerusalem next year. They then play Croatia on June 21 and Nigeria on June 26. "The arguments are even more valid when it comes to a major worldwide event in Jerusalem, such as the Eurovision", Jabareen said.

The cancellation came hours after pro-Palestinian activists staged a demonstration in front of the sports complex in Barcelona where Argentina is preparing ahead of the World Cup.

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"My responsibility as president of the Argentinian Football Association is to fight for the health and physical integrity of all the delegation and, in my role, I made this decision".

The American Palestinian lawyer, Noura Erakat, tweeted praising the Argentina FA decision to cancel the match. Hoping for a less expensive settlement of the dispute, Tapai reportedly proposed staging two friendly matches in Israel on the condition that they would not be held in Jerusalem.

The Israeli news site Ynet reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had called Argentine president Mauricio Macri and urged him to intervene.

Israeli troops killed four Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others on Friday with live fire or tear gas used against protesters at the Gaza border, medics said, while Israel said militants had attacked its forces with guns and grenades.

At least 115 Palestinian protesters have been killed and close to 3,800 have been wounded by Israeli army fire since the marches began in late March.

The Israeli embassy in Argentina earlier announced the "suspension" of Saturday's sold-out game because of what it called "threats and provocations" against its captain Messi.

"(Rajoub's) aim was to harm our country through soccer", said IFA chairman Ofer Eini who not so long ago sat round the table with Rajoub and Federation Internationale de Football Association officials trying to find a solution to the volatile impasse in the region.

Iranians hold rallies on Jerusalem Day to support Palestinians