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  9/27/2012, Tishrei 11, 5773

Hamas Boycott FC Barcelona over Shalit Tickets


Hamas is launching a media boycott of the football club Barcelona after reports surfaced that the football squad gave a complimentary sporting event ticket to Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was held captive in the Gaza Strip,  by Hamas, for over five years. 

According to Yahoo Sports, Hamas official Attallah Abu Al Subah confirmed the arbitrary boycott, saying that as of Thursday television stations in Gaza will not broadcast any of the Barcelona matches and no newspapers will cover the games. 

Since his release Shalit has taken to sportswriting, with a column in Yediot Aharonot. In his first column last June, Shalit revealed how his love for sports kept him going through his time in captivity.