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News ID: 3272
Publish Date: 15:39 - 21 January 2014
Deportivo Palestino offended Jews in Chile by feauting the traditional map of Palestine on their jersey.
Chilean football club Deportivo Palestino, which was set up by Chile’s Palestinian community, has been told to change their football jersey after a number of complaints from the Latin American country’s Jewish lobby.

The jersey attracted the condemnation of the Jewish community for featuring the traditional map of Palestine before the establishment of Israel in 1948, including Gaza, the West Bank and what is recognized as Israel today.

Patrick Kiblisky, the owner of first division club Nublense, filed a complaint to the Chilean football association saying "We cannot accept the involvement of football with politics and religion."

The club, which was set up by Palestinian migrants in Chile in 1920 while Palestine was still a largely Arab former Ottoman state under British occupation, said on its Facebook page "For us, free Palestine will always be historical Palestine, nothing less."

The club was also fined $1,300 for discrimination.

World Bulletin

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