Stop Bellator MMA Events In Israel Until It Respects International Law!
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Stop Bellator Mixed Martial Arts events in Israel until they comply with international law!
Bellator Mixed Martial Arts is an organisation which is considered only second to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the world of professional MMA. They are looking to expand around the world to grow as a company and promote MMA as a sport around the world. Bellator has visited Israel twice and intends to keep this partnership as the President of Bellator, Scott Coker, has indicated.
It should be known that MMA is a sport which is a combination of ancient and new martial arts, each of which uphold the code of honor and respect as their motto. We feel that Bellator MMA with their past events with Israel and with any planned events, disrespects that very same code of honor and respect. This is because on one hand, Bellator holds events in Israel and promotes sport in the area for the enjoyment of Israeli citizens and on the other hand, Palestinians are forcibly removed from their own homes in to exile from the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Netanyahu has stated that these West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements are permanent and not only does this guarantee that more settlements will be equally justified but it violates international law and resolutions such as the United Nations Security Council resolutions 446 and 465. Both unequivocally state that these are occupied territories.
To add insult to injury, fighters that play major parts in these shows include fighters like Noad Lahat, a former IDF (Israeli Defense Force) member who enrolled with them during the July 2014 war on Gaza on which the Human Rights Watch accused Israel of war crimes. We see the Bellator promotion of MMA in this state a pass and encouragement towards Israel to continue on its path of illegal criminal activities as the promotion of such sports is a huge obstacle to Palestinians ever getting their rights which are being taken away from them on a daily basis. We demand that Bellator stops its events in Israel until Israel begins to respect the international law and the rights of the Palestinians. Do not delay, sign and share this petition now.
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