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A sporting event should be an opportunity to highlight illusionary ‘unity’

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Sporting events are imbued with illusions of unity. The FIFA World Cup is no exception. In the context of Palestine, however, unity becomes a departure point for questioning the colonial trajectories that have fragmented, rather than united, the Palestinians.

Coinciding with the finale of the football tournament in Russia, European organisations are organising a day of sport and cultural activities in Ramallah with the theme of “Sport brings us together”. According to a press release regarding this, “Sport is a universal language spoken all over the globe. The football world championship brings people of different nations together and connects them despite conventional boundaries.”

What happens when sport is capable of uniting people globally, yet also manages to shed light upon the discrepancies that are ignored due to the visible hype? During the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil, some analysis and commentary explored the human rights abuses committed by the host nation against its........

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