The soft power objective of Israeli sport is for us to focus on a cycling team or a visit by Lionel Messi rather than Palestine, says Sports Journalism Association 2021 Sportswriter of the Year Jonathan Liew.
Israeli military forces continue implementing their shoot-to-kill-or-maim policy against Palestinian protesters in Gaza while its secret police threatened Palestinians protesting the Giro d’Italia cycing race in the occupied Palestinian West Bank and within present-day Israel.
29 elected European officials write to Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Union Européenne de Cyclisme (UEC) over Israeli member organization and Giro d'Italia's involvement in violations of international law and Palestinian human rights.
After Israeli ministers threatened to withdraw sponsorship from the Giro d'Italia over use of the term "West Jerusalem," race organizers chose to recognise Israel’s illegal annexation of occupied East Jerusalem.
The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine and the Palestinian Christian Initiative "Kairos Palestine" urge Pope Francis not to give his blessing or lend his name in any way to the 2018 Giro d'Italia