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More basketball teams from West Bank settlements enter Israel’s national league

The Israeli Basketball Association and the International Basketball Federation would rather avoid the delicate issue of settlement teams hosting games and playing in the Israel professional national league.

The basketball team Maccabi Maale Adumim defeated Elitzur Shomron 85 to 84 yesterday when the game ended dramatically with a three-point shot by Ariel Deri for the win in the last second.

On the face of it, it was just another game between two groups not especially known to the general public. Still, with both groups located in West Bank settlements, the event bore political significance. It was the first time that two settlement basketball teams competed in the West Bank in the Israeli national professional league.

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