Israeli occupation authorities have banned female Palestinian karate team from travelling to UAE for taking part in international karate championship.
The Gaza women’s Karate Team planned to take part in the international karate championship, which was organised in Dubai last month.
However, they were denied travel permits by the Israeli occupation authorities, which have been placing a strict siege on the Gaza Strip since 2007.
“I have been preparing for the championship through extensive training for three months,” said one of the players, 19-year-old Yasmin Zekut, “but I was disappointed by the Israeli ban.”
Women rights defender, Alya Morin, slammed the Israeli measures against the Gaza sportswomen.
“This reflects the real image of the Israeli occupation regarding its flagrant violation of the simplest human rights,” she said.
“These young sportswomen have lost one of the most important opportunities to participate in an international event,” she added.