Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Soccer for peace

A team of Israeli and Palestinian soccer stars will team up in just a bit to play Barcelona in the Camp Nuo stadium.

"The Israeli delegation to the event is comprised of more than 200 people, including politicians, former soccer stars and coaches, as well as a group of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers taking part in the Peres Center for Peace-sponsored school project for soccer and peace, a project which brings together Israeli and Palestinian youths.

Peres, who took a break from his deliberations on whether to stay in the Labor party or move to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new party Kadima, sat in a special press conference next to British actor Sean Connery.

"Football is a great contributor to the peace process," Peres said in the press conference, which was held in the impressive building of the Catalonian government, near Barcelona's Gothic quarter.

"I think all of us are coming here with one message, and that is peace has a future," he added.
Peres stressed that it is important to show people that it is possible to live together, adding that Soccer is an international language, without boundaries.

Connery said that "what we really need is to get back some of the optimism we had five years ago (in the Middle East peace process), and I'm sure there's going to be a change in the climate within a week."

He added that he is a supporter of Peres and of everything he does, and that football is the answer to violence."

Let's all hope that the unity they show during the match will flow off the pitch and inspire at least a few to look past the hate.


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