Palestinians turn to United Nations for protection as deadly Gaza protests rage

Unconfirmed reports in Israeli media spoke of a possible rescheduling of the game - again in Jerusalem - but officials feared the high-profile cancellation would cause long-term damage to the Jewish state's worldwide standing.

Police in the Philippines arrested almost 500 people on Wednesday, including eight Israelis, who are involved in an alleged financial fraud investing in foreign stocks in a London-based company.

"But that's the way it is, we have to travel on the day before the match, play Israel in Israel and then from there go on to Russian Federation".

"We need real Arab support and solidarity with our cause", said Saleh, a student of Arabic literature who wore a medical mask against the tear gas.

Now, after the Argentine Football Association (AFA) announced it would not play the "friendly" game with Israel in the occupied city of Jerusalem, Israeli officials are diverting attention to alleged "threats and provocations directed at Lionel Messi".

Palestinians want East Jerusalem for their future capital. He also alleged the families of players were threatened, without providing any evidence.

He stated that the Gaza demonstrations, launched on March 30, would continue until Palestinians achieve their demand for a right of return to ancestral lands lost to Israel in its 1948 War of Independence.

Rajoub urged fans on Sunday to burn pictures of striker Messi and replicas of his shirt if he plays in the match.

Messi and Argentina will not face Israel in Jerusalem friendly - match cancelled after protests

"This is the same terrorism that led to the murder of eleven slain athletes in Munich", she said, referencing the massacre of Israeli competitors in the 1972 Olympics.

The Palestinian Football Association said Argentina cancelled as they realised Israel was using them for political benefit. Argentine sports daily Ole reported that the match was cancelled following "threats and controversy".

In an attempt to salvage the game, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone late Tuesday with Argentinian President Mauricio Macri.

Three Palestinians, including a 15-year-old, were killed by Israeli fire on the Gaza border on Friday, the territory's health ministry said, as weeks of deadly clashes with protesters continued.

At least 120 Palestinians were killed and thousands more injured by Israeli forces during recent protests in Gaza.

In the capitals of Iran and Iraq, thousands of Shiite Muslims marked Jerusalem Day with protests, with some chanting "Death to Israel" or burning Israeli flags and effigies of President Donald Trump.

The resolution will condemn Israel, and will be similar to one vetoed by the USA in the Security Council last week, which called for protecting Palestinians from Israeli aggression, according to diplomats.

Some 10,000 demonstrators showed up this week, a far lower turnout than at the protests' peak on May 14, when 50,000 Palestinians massed on the border and 60 were killed by Israeli troops.

  • Leroy Wright