Arab League calls for Adidas boycott after Jerusalem marathon
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Arab League calls for Adidas boycott after Jerusalem marathon

Saudi prince says Israel is misleading the world

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat takes part in the Jerusalem Marathon wearing an Adidas sponsored shirt (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat takes part in the Jerusalem Marathon wearing an Adidas sponsored shirt (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

Arab countries called for a boycott of Adidas on Wednesday in response to the sporting giant’s sponsorship of the Jerusalem marathon last month. Israel was misleading the public by staging such a race, a Saudi prince explained.

Sports ministers of Arab League member states, in Saudi Arabia for a meeting of the Arab Youth and Sports Council, called for action against any sponsor of the event.

The ministers called for an alternative marathon to be run in Arab countries next year at the same time as the Jerusalem run, an event they would dub “Jerusalem is ours.”

Saudi Prince Nawaf bin Faisal said Israel was bamboozling the world by having innocent runners run through occupied Jerusalem as though it were the capital of the Jewish state, blithely ignoring the fact that it is in violation of numerous UN resolutions.

 

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