Jordanian basketball tournament urges boycott of Israeli athletes

The flag of Jordan. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( A basketball tournament held on Thursday in Jordan sought to encourage participants to boycott Israeli athletes, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“We organize a basketball competition in commemoration of Land Day, to explain to Jordanian sportsmen the importance of supporting the boycott and refusing to participate in sports competitions that promote peace and normalization of relations with Israel,” the Jordanian arm of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement wrote in a Facebook post.

The basketball tournament, called “The Land Cup,” took place at the Applied Science Private University in Amman to mark Palestinian Land Day, an anti-Israel day initiative held annually on March 30 to commemorate six Israeli-Arab rioters who were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces in 1976.

Although boycotting Israeli athletes’ participation in competitions is a trend in the Middle East, the Egyptian sports minister confirmed in early March that Egypt would host the Israeli national basketball team in an international tournament, despite calls to boycott Israel. On the government level, both Egypt and Jordan have peace treaties with Israel.

Posted on March 31, 2016 .