As Gaza faces genocide, the Palestinian national team's dream of reaching a first World Cup lives on.
As someone of Jewish Heritage, it is always difficult to deal with family around this situation and point out the horrific violent apartheid state that Israel has imposed upon Palestinians, some members agree with the assessment but don't like calling it apartheid, others outright deny any wrongdoing by Israel and claim all criticism means I support Hamas. I would love to see the Palestinian national team qualify for United 2026 as a sign of resistance and strength for the Palestinian people, and show opposition to tyrants.
Beautiful piece in these dark times. 👏🏽
Thanks for continuing to publish incredible articles despite the circumstances, Karim. Football seems so insignificant compared to the genocide in Gaza but symbols matter and it would be incredible if Palestine could qualify.
The picture of the football player being pulled out of the rubble alive while wearing the club's shorts had me speechless