Jan 18, 2022 08:59 UTC
  • Umbrella group will hold international event to honor athletes opposing normalization with Israel

An anti-Israel umbrella group says it will hold an international event to honor athletes opposing normalization with the regime of Israel in late January, as Tel Aviv continues to “sportswash” its flagrant human rights violations and its appalling crimes against Palestinians through using its presence in international sports and cultural events.

The Global Campaign to Return to Palestine (GCRP) said in an announcement posted on its official Facebook and Twitter accounts that it would hold the International Forum to Honor Anti-Normalization Athletes in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, from January 31 until February 2.

The GCRP, which is an umbrella organization for civil society associations that support the Palestinian cause, both in the Arab countries and the world, added that the three-day event would take place in “recognition of the heroic act of anti-normalization athletes, and with the participation of international personalities.”

According to the announcement, the international forum would honor champion athletes who “withdrew from various international sport tournaments in refusal to normalize with the usurping entity, or to confront Zionist players.”

The GCRP, which has representatives and partners in over 45 countries around the world to set up events and movements to advocate the Palestinian cause and especially the right of return, added in its announcement that such champion athletes would be awarded the “Al-Quds Golden Medal.”