History was made today when Ashraf Nu’man Alfawaghra’s spectacular free-kick gave Palestine a 1-0 victory over the Phillipines in the final of the AFC Challenge Cup. The win secures Palestine’s place in next year’s Asia Cup, the team’s first ever major international tournament.
"All the world now sees Palestine. I am very happy." said Ramzi Saleh, the Palestinian goalkeeper.
In Gaza, thousands watched the big match on large screens on the beach and thousands also turned up in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
The victory is extra-special because of the obstacles the national team face. Israel often bans Palestinian players from going abroad, leaving management to pick 2nd or 3rd choice players, or sometimes not even be able to name the minimum number of players required to start matches.
In January of this year, Israeli soldiers shot 12 bullets into the feet of Jawhar Nasser Jawhar, 19, and Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17, as they were on their way home from soccer practice. They will never play again.
In July 2009 Palestinian soccer player Mahmoud Sarsak was arrested at the Erez Checkpoint between Gaza and Israel despite having a valid permit. He was put behind bars for 3 years without being told why. It was only after a 91-day hunger strike and international pressure that Israel released him.
ok, cuales son los pecados? los que aparecen en la biblia? quien supuestamente los “escribio” … dios, cierto? entonces dios creo el problema para darle una solucion… y ahora un pastor da por hecho que ese sujeto limpio los pecados, cuando aun existe gente mintiendo y matando…genius
|1. HUMAN:||If you're a masochist in life but a good person, wouldn't hell be a reward and heaven a punishment?|
|GOD:||Oh, don’t worry. You can get plenty of groovy BDSM action in Heaven, if that’s what you’re into. And I should know…I love that stuff. My safe-word? Harder!|
|2. HUMAN:||Why do our precious adorable children have to grow up into asshole teenagers?|
|GOD:||How else would they become asshole adults?!?|
|3. HUMAN:||God-- why are butterflies called butterflies, when they don't resemble butter?|
|GOD:||In the olden days, people believed that these bugs would flutter into your house and steal milk. So they named them ‘butter-flies.’ They were right, of course. It might be pretty, but never trust a butterfly. If a butterfly could, it’d kill your whole family for just a little hit of dairy.|
|4. HUMAN:||God. What happens if Pinnochio says "my nose will grow now"?|
|GOD:||He dies. Instantaneous implosion.|
|5. HUMAN:||Did Jesus' half brothers and sisters go to therapy because they could never live up to their big brother?|
|GOD:||Live up to what? Getting publicly executed? In their minds, Jesus was the black sheep of the family. Hanging with thieves and hookers, spreading mass hysteria, talking like a nutcase…quite frankly they were all relieved to see him go.|
|6. HUMAN:||In the Big Bang, whom exactly did you bang?|
|GOD:||Okay, are you ready for this? Myself. That's right, I was choking the bishop, chafing the carrot, you know, saying "hi" to My monster! Ahem. Anyway…I’d appreciate it if you didn’t tell anyone. Thank you.|
|7. HUMAN:||Why do people grow more intolerant of one another as the Internet connects us more closely together?|
|GOD:||People are no different than they’ve ever been…stupid as all shit. The Internet just makes it possible for you to see just how far down the abyss of human stupidity goes. Try not to drown.|