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linus wrote: In Canada, Harper's unconditional support for Israel is much less about votes than the power and influence of the pro-Israel domestic bloc. For one thing, the jewish population in Canada is less than 1% of the total population, and much like in the US, most these voters are in traditionally Liberal ridings in Toronto and Montreal.
AB2 wrote: Sixty-two players have signed a protest statement against Israel's hosting of next year's European Under-21 Championships.
Those who have signed include Drogba, Menez, Hazard, Diaby, Cantona and half the Newcastle team. The list is heavily Francophone and African -- it was compiled by Freddie Kanoute .
ooh aah wrote: Well the sporting boycott on SA began in the early 70's and took 20 years to bear fruit. I think really it was that combined with the cultural, and increasingly during the 80's the economic boycotts which made a difference. The other key difference is that the South African government considered themselves to be part of the 'white, civilised world', and when that white civilised world started telling them they were barbaric, naturally this had an effect.
The Israeli government on the other hand, has shown time and again that it doesn't give a shit what the rest of the world thinks. Any criticism is brushed off as being 'anti-semetic', and as a result there's no reflection or questioning of their behaviour (at least not by anybody in power). So whilst I agree that a sporting boycott may be worth doing from a purely moral point of view, I don't think people should be under any illusion of it's prospects of success.
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