Argentina-Israel friendly in Jerusalem reportedly canceled amid Palestinian pressure

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Strong Palestinian pressure has forced the cancellation of Argentina's warm-up game against Israel in Jerusalem as political pressure mounted ahead of Saturday's scheduled fixture.

Argentina's national football team has cancelled an upcoming friendly match with Israel, Argentine news sources reported.

"Since they announced they would play against Israel, various terror groups have been sending messages and letters to players on the Argentina national team and their relatives, including clear threats to hurt them and their families", she said.

It has also been claimed that several Argentina players were uneasy about travelling to Israel for the game before its cancellation.

Rjoub had accused the Israeli government and football association of politicizing sports by moving the match to Jerusalem and saying that it will be held to celebrate 70 years for Israel's creation.

The Palestinian FA had urged fans to burn replica shirts and pictures of the 30-year-old striker.

"Israel is using the match for political purposes that have nothing to do with sports and is harming the rights of Palestinians guaranteed by worldwide conventions", the League said.

Asked about Argentina's World Cup prospects, he added: "It will be important to prepare well, because in the qualifiers we were fighting up to the end and we didn't have time to prepare ourselves". "The right thing was done, it's not worth it". The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu contacted Argentinean President Mauricio Macri in an effort to salvage the game but was told that the players were determined not to come. "This makes the "friendly" a whitewash of Israel's crimes and therefore extremely unfriendly to human rights".

Manchester United defender, Marcos Rojo, has said that Argentina, being drawn with Nigeria again in the same group at the World Cup, means it will be tough for the Albiceleste.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed the area in a move not recognized by the global community.

The Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the U.S. embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.

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