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Palestinians criticize FC Barcelona over possible match with Israeli team

Spain's elite soccer club has not confirmed it will play the Israeli team Beitar Jerusalem.
Messi at Wailing Wall in 2013

A top European soccer team is under fire for reportedly planning to play an Israeli team, though the game is not confirmed.

On Friday, a group of Palestinian soccer teams published an open letter to FC Barcelona urging the club to cancel a soccer match against Beitar Jerusalem, according to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. The purported international friendly is set to take place Aug. 4 in Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium. The Palestinian teams said the event is an effort to distract from Israeli human rights abuses against Palestinians.

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