Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Eve of Euro 2013 Film of Palestinian Football

In the autumn of 2011 Philosophy Football met Honey Thalijeh, then captain of the Palestine Women's Football team. Inspired by what she said about what football meant to her country Philosophy Football promised that when Euro 2013 opened in Israel they would be in Palestine.

From 5-18 June Israel hosts the second biggest international team tournament in European football, the Euro 2013 Under 21's Championship. It’s the biggest international sporting event ever held in Israel. And England have a decent chance of winning.

But on the other side of the wall Israel built football is played and watched in Palestine under the most abnormal of conditions. Massive restrictions of movement, 24 hour surveillance and illegal settlements and land grabs, yet on the football pitch, as recognised by FIFA, Palestine plays football as a nation.

The film, shot over the past few days will help to break this silence. On Tuesday it was premiered in Ramallah at the HQ of the Palestine Olympic Association and simultaneously released on YouTube.

This week Philosophy Football also launched their Palestine Football Supporters Club T-shirt for a game with no borders, no walls. The shirt is just £17.99 - £5 OFF - For the opening week of the Tournament, usual price £22.99. Sizes S-XXL and womens fitted. Available here.

The shirt has been produced to popularise the cause of Palestinian football. This shirt will fund this first film and future initiative of this sort.

The link to the film is here.

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