Vol. 4 No. 1 (2021): Pakistan Journal of International Affairs

The Role of Sports in Promoting Muslim-Jewish Social Ties: An Analysis

Published 2021-03-29


Those who support Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) often ensure that the game can have an impact. The study provides up-to-date information on this topic in the framework of the battle between Muslim Palestinians and Jewish Israelis. It examines the "harmony" segment of SDP initialism and what "harmony" resources in this struggle. Thirteen associations involved in peacekeeping activities in the region are evaluated. The article notes that most harmony plans involve Jewish Israelis and Muslim Palestinians/Arabs in Israel, while there are few attempts to reach Muslim Palestinians in Gaza Strip, the West Bank or in IDP camps in bordering nations. This game is not seen as an appropriate way to achieve peace between Muslim Palestinians and Jewish Israelis because of the lack of harmony which is a key precursor to compromise. The original policy, together with Israel's regional expansion and the Muslim Palestinians struggle for fundamental freedoms, forces "Sport for Harmony" programmes to create a framework that goes too far.