FC Barcelona, for peace and harmony in the Middle East
After multiple reports citing that the Israeli citizen Gilad Shalit will be at the Camp Nou for the Clásico against Real Madrid, the Club wishes to express its desire to contribute to the ongoing peace process in the Middle East
After multiple reports citing that the Israeli citizen Gilad Shalit will be at the Camp Nou for the Clásico against Real Madrid, the Club wishes to express the following:
• The Club did not invite Mr. Shalit to the game, but accepted a request to watch a match during his visit to Barcelona.
• In the same manner as Mr. Shalit’s request was accepted, the Club has also accepted the Palestinian embassy’s request to extend three invitations to three Palestinian delegates. Musa Amer Odeh, Palestinian Authority ambassador; Jibril Rajoub, President of the Palestinian Football Union, and the Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Al Sarsak will also watch the Clásico at the Camp Nou.
• FC Barcelona has always wanted to promote peace and harmony in the Middle East. On July 21 of 2011, Mahmuod Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, was officially hosted at Club facilities during his visit to Barcelona. On that occasion, Mr. Abbas thanked “FC Barcelona for its hospitality,” and noted that “Barça is a Club that represents a civilization and a group of people with a great set of values.”
• In addition, during the inauguration of La Masia. Centro de Formación Oriol Tort, last October, FC Barcelona - through its Foundation - contributed to the peace process between Israel and Palestine. A total of 31 children, 16 Palestinians and 15 Israelis, trained for the first time together with La Masia residents. The goal of the exercise was to cultivate an athletic relationship between the two groups.