PICTURES of Barcelona striker Lionel Messi and replicas of his shirt will be burnt if he features in Argentina’s game against Israel in Jerusalem next weekend.
The Palestine Football Association chief made the call to football fans.
The Palestinians are not happy that the match will be held in Jerusalem.
Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub wrote to Claudio Tapia, the head of the Argentinian FA, last week accusing Israel of using the match as a “political tool.”
The stadium that will host the match is in west Jerusalem. The Palestinians want the eastern part of the city as the capital of a future state that will include the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
However, the status of the city generally is highly sensitive. The match was originally slated to be played in Haifa but Israeli authorities contributed funding for it to be moved to Jerusalem, irking Palestinians further following U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital. The U.S. embassy was moved there last month.