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Asian Soccer Tournament Is Field Of Dreams For Palestine's Players - Yahoo News

Trapped in Gaza, Mr. exercise Jundiyeh and others watched from afar as the team, with only 14 players in the squad, competed last September in a four-nation tournament in the Philippines. Palestine finished third after beating Chinese Taipei , the name used by Taiwan, which faces its own complex challenges to statehood (China considers it a breakaway province). ACCUSATIONS OF HAMAS TIES Israel defends the travel restrictions on security grounds. Last spring, Israels Shin Bet security force arrested Palestinian player Samah Maraaba and accused him of meeting with a member of Hamass military wing while on tour in Qatar and of couriering money, a cellphone, and a note to Hamas members in the West Bank. Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat accused Palestinians of misuse of sports in a fashion that threatens the security of Israeli civilians. Mr. Maraaba has since been released.
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