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West Bank | Koreans assist in development of first pitch

Posted By John Turnbull On 21 December 2005 @ 11:53 In Regions | No Comments

Korea-Issawiya Peace Stadium. Link to Reuters article. [1]Jerusalem | The first soccer pitch in the West Bank [1], in the Arab village of Issawiya, East Jerusalem, opened today. Funded by the government of South Korea as a contribution to the Peres Center for Peace [2], the artificial surface will form part of the Peres Center’s “twinned” school concept, in which Palestinian and Israeli school children, ages 6 to 14, meet for sport and other extracurricular activities. More than 2,000 children participate. In Issawiya, the Korea-Issawiya Peace Stadium replaces a small asphalt court [3] on which Palestinian children had played. “Now we can play on a real field like professional soccer players,” said Majid Mahmoud, a Palestinian participant.

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[1] Image: http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsarticle.aspx?type=worldFootballNews&storyid=URI:urn:newsml:reuters.com:20051221:MTFH21235_2005-12-21_19-42-49_L21790284:1

[2] Peres Center for Peace: http://www.peres-center.org/

[3] replaces a small asphalt court: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3188124,00.html

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