Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Algeria To Donate Prize Money To Joy, And Criticism, Of Others

After losing to Germany in the World Cup tournament, the Algerian football team has announced they’ll donate $9 million to the Gaza Strip

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: July 3rd, 2014 in Sports » World

Algeria may have lost their chances at winning the FIFA 2014 World Cup tournament (though they did better against Germany than anyone would expect), but the world is still keeping their eyes on them.

According to reports from the Daily Mail, Algeria plans on donating their $9 million in prize money to the poor in Gaza. According to their report, Islam Slimani told the media that when it comes to the money, “They need it more than us.”

Although some of the Algerian soccer team members are on to bigger and better things, including Slimani who currently plays for Sporting Lisbon but will be making a move to a new team later this summer, giving up the millions in prize money will be tough for some of the players on smaller teams and clubs.

While some people are ecstatic about the donation (all of which are, naturally, pro-Palestinian), proclaiming the team to be “heroes”, others are a bit more critical of the donation to the Palestinian territory. According to a report by The Independent, Algeria has come under criticism for bringing politics into the world cup, as the team is mostly seen as supportive of Palestinians, and not of Israel.

And rightfully so; World Cup should only be about the sport. Leave the politics at home.

During their return trip home, when they were paraded through the streets in celebration, it’s claimed that Palestinian flags were seen being draped around several members of the Algerian team.

The criticism comes in the wake of the kidnapping and murder of three innocent Israeli teenage boys. The Israeli government blames Hamas for their death and has since been sending troops to defend its border with Gaza while, according to The Independent, Israel was hit by a Palestinian airstrike this morning.

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