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Algerian athletes boycott sporting event over Israeli participation

Algerian lawyers announced the boycott of the FIFA World Cup, a competition reserved for lawyers, which began on Saturday May 7 in Morocco; due to the presence of Israeli officials, local media reported.

The 20th edition of the Lawyers’ World Cup, MUNDIAVOCAT 2022, is taking place in Morocco from May 7 to 15.

This is what emerges from a press release published by the “Alger Lawyers Organization” team, which was invited to participate in the competition.

They said competing against Israeli teams “contradicts the principles of the Algerian government and people”, and that the boycott is 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.

This is not the first time that Algerian athletes have refused to participate in events attended by Israelis. Athletes have previously boycotted international fixtures and competitions.

A number of Arab athletes have avoided facing Israelis in international competitions in support of the Palestinian cause.

In April, 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.

Last January, tennis player Mohammed Al-Awadi also withdrew from the semi-final of the Under-14 International Championship in Dubai, after learning that he was to face the Israeli player in the match of the fourth round.

In January 2022, a Kuwaiti cultural delegation boycotted the Emirates Airline Literature Festival due to the participation of an Israeli writer.