Israel threatens to cancel agreement with Giro d'Italia
Nov 30 2017 01:01 am CET

Israel threatens to cancel agreement with Giro d'Italia
Israel threatens to cancel agreement with Giro d'Italia
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The Israeli government has threatened to cancel the agreement with the RCS to organise the first stages in the country after the presentation of the 2018 route.

The problem arose because in the presentation the first stage was presented as taking place in "West Jerusalem", a name that the government doesn't agree with. "In Jerusalem, capital of Israel, there is no East or West, there is only the unified and indivisible Jerusalem," reads a statement by the Minister of Sports and Culture Miri Regev and the Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin.

"If the wording does not change, the Israeli government will not be a partner in the event."

The ministers claim that there was a previous agreement with the organisation of the event, which was apparently broken during the presentation of the route of the 2018 Giro d'Italia.

East Jerusalem is the Palestinian part of the city which was occupied by Israel in 1967 with a law that was never recognised by the United Nations and that has been condemned by its Security Council as a violation of International Law. In addition, Jerusalem doesn't have international recognition as the capital of Israel.

These problems between the Israeli government and the organisation of the Giro d'Italia happen days after more than a hundred personalities and civil societies presented a petition to the RCS to cancel the stages in Israel based on the violation of human rights against Palestina.