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Pro-Palestine group slams IFA over Northern Ireland game against Israel

By Adrian Rutherford

A pro-Palestine group has criticised the staging of a Northern Ireland v Israel football international in Belfast.

The sides will meet in a friendly at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park later this year.

However, the fixture - announced on Monday - has been condemned by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC).

The group, which advocates boycotts of Israel over its treatment of Palestinians, has previously staged protests at games involving Israeli sides.

In October 2016 the IPSC picketed fans at Dundalk's Europa League tie against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

A spokesman said: "Friendly matches with Apartheid Israel only serve to whitewash and normalise that state's atrocious record of human rights and international law violations against the Palestinian people.

"As an official representative of the Israel Football Association (IFA), an institution of the Apartheid Israeli state, we believe the Israeli national team has no place being invited to friendly matches anywhere."

The Irish FA declined to comment when contacted.

Michael O'Neill's side will play Israel on September 11. The teams last played each other in Tel Aviv in 2013.

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