Roma and Inter youth soccer tournament in Jerusalem

Organized by Roma Club Jerusalem with embassy's patronage

30 October, 12:32

    (ANSAmed) - JERUSALEM, OCTOBER 30 - Soccer can break barriers and differences and a sports event organized by football school 'Roma Club of Jerusalem' at the Beit Hanoar Aivri sports centre in Jerusalem wanst to convey this message.

    The initiative saw children with the Israel Inter Campus compete against the young Giallorossi players of the Holy City.

    The tournament, which took place under the patronage of the Italian embassy in Israel, was organized to pay homage to Carmela Callea, director of the Italian institute, and Lorenzo Ortona, an economic and commercial advisor at the embassy, whose mandates in Israel are about to end.

    Founded in 1998, the 'Roma Jerusalem Club' has been organizing for the past five years football tournaments for adults and children with the help of the Italian consulate in Jerusalem, involving Italians, Israelis, Palestinians, Jews, Muslims, Christians and members of the druze minority with a passion for football.

    Yasha Maknouz, who is in charge of the 'Inter Campus in Israel' project, said he supports the mission of the Roma club and stressed that sport in general and soccer in particular can foster reciprocal understanding.

    'Our organization, supported by Inter, has enabled us to organize soccer schools for children of all ethnic groups with the aim of breaking taboos concerning ethnic and religious dissimilarities', said Maknouz.

    Ever since 2000 Inter Campus has been offering Israelis (Arabs and Jews) and Palestinians in the Territories the possibility of participating in tournaments to share their passion for football and has 500 members including adults and children.

    The event, which saw Roma supporters beat the Inter club, was attended by Italy's ambassador to Israel Francesco Maria Talo': 'It is very important for Italy to be a reference point for these youths who play a sport and share the same passion.

    When sport is discussed, Italy is there'. (ANSAmed)
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