Algerian athletes boycotted the Lawyers’ World Cup in Morocco due to the participation of Israeli representatives in the international tournament, denouncing such an event as a ploy to accelerate the trend of normalization with the occupation regime.
The athletes announced in a statement on Saturday that they would withdraw from the FIFA World Cup of Bars and Law Firms, MUNDIAVOCAT, in Morocco due to the presence of Israeli athletes.
They said competing against Israeli teams “would be contrary to the principles of the Algerian government and people”, and that the boycott was an expression of “solidarity with the Palestinian people and their just cause”.
“Inviting the Zionist teams to this tournament can be seen as a step towards normalization with the Zionist entity,” the statement added.
The Algerian team of lawyers left Morocco after the announcement, stressing that they considered participation in the games a “treason of Palestine”.
In a similar move earlier, the Moroccan Bar Association also refused to join football matches due to the presence of representatives of the occupation regime, in defiance of their government’s decision to normalize with Israel. .
The 20th edition of the Lawyers’ World Cup, MUNDIAVOCAT 2022, is being held in Morocco from May 7 to 15.
Until now, several Arab athletes have avoided facing Israelis in international competitions in support of the Palestinian cause.
They see the participation of Israeli athletes in sporting events as a strategy to help Tel Aviv gradually shed the anti-Israel sentiment prevalent among Muslim and Arab countries and normalize with them.
Last month, the Libyan national team refused to face Israeli opponents at the 2022 World Fencing Championships in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in solidarity with the Palestinian cause and in opposition to normalization agreements between the regime. occupation and some Arab countries.
Last January, Kuwaiti tennis player Muhammad al-Awadi also withdrew from an international tennis tournament in the United Arab Emirates after learning that he was going to face a representative of the Israeli regime.
Under US-brokered agreements, Israel managed to normalize its relations with the governments of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco in 2020.
The normalization agreements have sparked widespread protests in these countries, exposing the crippling divide between leaders and people.
The normalization agreements have also been condemned by all Palestinians and their supporters around the world as a betrayal of the cause of Palestine against the Israeli occupation.