Palestinians decry Spanish teams medal to Shalit

Palestinian groups are calling on Arab sports and soccer unions to protest a Spanish soccer club’s invitation to Israeli former captive Gilad Shalit.

The Catalan soccer team has invited Shalit to be its guest of honor at the Oct. 7 Super Clasico match against Real Madrid, where he will receive a medal, according to Ynet.

In response, the Palestinian media called on Arab sports and soccer groups to protest while Hamas announced a media boycott of Barcelona soccer teams, which are popular with Pal-estinians.

No TV station in Gaza will broadcast Barcelona matches and no newspapers in Gaza will write about the clubs, Hamas official Attallah Abu Al Subah said on Sept. 27, according to Ynet. — jta