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More Noble Than War

The Story of Football in Israel and Palestine

Nicholas Blincoe

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Constable
29 August 2019
Peace studies & conflict resolution; Religion & politics; Sociology: sport & leisure; Football (Soccer, Association football)
By turns tragic and hopeful, the history of Israel and Palestine through the lens of the world's most popular sport. Football has never been shy of politics. This is especially true for Israel and Palestine. A sport introduced by Victorian churchmen swiftly became a vehicle for nationalism and pride. Under British military rule, Jewish and Palestinian teams competed in the same leagues, not only on the pitch, but in smoky committee rooms and street corners, as the two communities fought for control of the sport. After the creation of Israel in 1948, Palestinian football survived among refugees, with Jordan's greatest side hailing from the poorest of the camps on the fringes of the capital. In recent years, Israel's dynamic Premier League has seen some of the country's best teams and players emerge from the Palestinian community - inspiring hope that football might help Arabs and Jews become friends and equals. Meanwhile, in the West Bank and Gaza, a series of shock wins by a new Palestinian national side saw Palestine climb the FIFA rankings, making football the one field where Palestinians could compete with pride on a world stage, as one nation among the others. This is a vibrant and often shocking story filled with driven, even ferocious people who are inspired by nationalism as much as a love of the game. There are many sacrifices, as brilliant
By:   Nicholas Blincoe
Imprint:   Constable
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 238mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   531g
ISBN:   9781472124371
ISBN 10:   1472124375
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   29 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nicholas Blincoe is an award-winning novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He lived in Bethlehem for many years, where he co-produced two feature-length documentaries with the Palestinian film-maker, Leila Sansour, Jeremy Hardy vs. the Israeli Army and Open Bethlehem. Blincoe's last book was the acclaimed Bethlehem: Biography of a Town.

Reviews for More Noble Than War: The Story of Football in Israel and Palestine

A rich alternative history of Israel and Palestine . . . compelling * Times Literary Supplement * Engrossing * The Tablet *


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