Arab Countries Boycott Adidas Over Jerusalem Marathon (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/05/12)
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Sports ministers of Arab countries announced a boycott of the Adidas
company on Wednesday, because of the sponsorship it gave to the
Jerusalem Marathon last month.
The reason for the boycott, according to the ministers, is that the
marathon also passed through eastern Jerusalem, which they claim is
The announcement comes after Hamas declared a boycott on Adidas over
the Jerusalem Marathon. Hamas’ Gaza-based Ministry of Sports
organized a demonstration against the company, during which
participants burned shirts with the Adidas company logo.
According to Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince of Saudi
Arabia, “Israel is trying to mislead public opinion and make the
world believe that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish state. This
is a violation of all understandings, international laws and UN
The head of the Palestinian Authority’s Olympic Committee, Jibril
Rajoub said that the boycott will send a clear message to all those
who think that the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem can be supported.
He added that Jerusalem would remain a Muslim and a Christian city.
Rajoub added that the Jerusalem Marathon “was a provocation to all
Arabs living in the city.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/05/12)
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