The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation holds a soccer tournament for Israeli and Palestinian children in memory of the late president.

Ambassadors, diplomats, local politicians and professional athletes join some 800 Jewish and Arab youths in the opening round of games of the Mini Mondial for Peace in the central city of Herzeliya.

At the opening ceremony, participants and spectators pay tribute to the late Israeli leader by standing and applauding the memory of Peres who died last September.

“This is the first time that we are holding the Mini Mondial without my father, Shimon Peres. But despite his absence, I feel his spirit and vision here on the pitch and in the eyes of the children – and I promise that we will continue to uphold his legacy,” Peres’s son Chemi says at the opening ceremony.

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