State of Palestine: Footballer injured during 'March of Return' begs Messi to boycott Israel

Mohammed Khalil Obaid, a Palestinian footballer who was shot in both legs by Israeli snipers while participating in 'Great March of Return', appealed to the Argentina captain Lionel Messi to boycott their friendly match against Israel on June 6, in an interview filmed from the Gaza Strip on Sunday. «I send my appeal to the Argentine national team and especially to captain Lionel Messi and ask... Еще him not to play against the occupation state,» said Obaid, citing Israel's cruelty towards Palestinians. He also criticised the choice of Jerusalem as the venue for the match, calling the Holy City the «eternal capital of Palestine.» As a counter-offer, Obaid suggested, «the Argentine national team should play a friendly match with the Palestinian team». The 24-year-old who hails from Deir al-Balah has had his dreams of becoming a professional footballer at former club al-Salah ended prematurely, after sustaining career-ending injuries at the Gaza border fence. The 10-week long series of rallies known as the 'Great March of Return' began on March 30 as a demand for Palestinians' right of return to land now found in Israeli territory. The demonstrations reached their peak on May 14, when at least sixty Palestinians were killed as the US opened its new embassy in Jerusalem.

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