Palestinian footballer facing citizenship threats over Gaza

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The New Arab

An Israeli minister is attempting have a Palestinian football player’s citizenship revoked after he joined a minute of silence for the thousands of victims of Israel’s war on Gaza. Palestine national footballer Ataa Jaber observed the minute silence during a World Cup 2026 qualifier game between Palestine and Lebanon last week. The gesture drew the ire of Culture and Sports Minister Miki Zohar, who wrote to Interior Minister Moshe Arbel requesting that Jaber’s citizenship be revoked over his “clear identification with terrorists”. “On November 16, 2023, the Israeli citizen and soccer player At…

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