Barcelona fans prohibited from waving Palestinian flags

Barcelona fans prohibited from waving Palestinian flags
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Published March 14th, 2015 - 20:20 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Barcelona: fans prohibited from waving Palestinian flags during Maccabi TA game
Barcelona: fans prohibited from waving Palestinian flags during Maccabi TA game

Barcelona authorities banned fans from waving Palestinian flags during a game between Israeli basketball team Maccabi Tel Aviv and Regal FC Barcelona in the Euroleague.

According to the Barcelona sports daily "Sport," Mossad agents will be positioned in the stands during the game prepared to stop any fan who will try to raise a Palestinian flag or attempt any provocation against Israel.

Fans will also be prohibited from carrying signs in Arabic or any signs with pro-Palestinian messages.

Anti-Israel organizations in Spain said the authorities' decision gives legitimacy to the Israeli occupation.

"Macabbi's games are held in order to manufacture a good image for Israel and they give legitimacy to the occupation, colonialism and apartheid in Palestine. Israel is not the normal country it is trying to portray itself to be," they said.

In February 2009 dozens of BDS activists raised banners and Palestinian flags during a Euroleague basketball match between Barcelona and the Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The activists came to the Palau Blaugrana to show their opposition to Israeli policy and the conflict in Gaza.

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