‘The main purpose of this visit is to reconnect the team to our origins in Palestine,’ said team general manager Christian Elben Nazal.
For over a week, Palestinian soccer fans have been enjoying a special Christmas-season present: the first visit by Chilean soccer club Deportivo Palestino to the West Bank.
Continue reading Christmas-season Present: Chilean Soccer Club Deportivo Palestino Visits the West Bank (Haaretz)
Club Deportivo Palestino has become a focal point for tensions between Santiago’s sizeable Arab and Jewish communities
In Patronato, a poor quarter of Santiago, the Palestinian community meets at the Beit Jala cafe. It’s just a step away from San Jorge, Chile’s oldest orthodox church founded by the first Palestinian migrants in 1917. Here the elders sip their coffee and savour oriental pastries. The walls are covered with photographs of Beit Jala, the village from where most of the Palestinians in Chile originated.
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