MADRID (AFP) – Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teamates will take part in a Middle Eastern tour in August that will include sporting workshops for both Palestinian and Israeli children.
“FC Barcelona, with the help of the Israeli government and the Palestinian National Authority, will organise in August the Barcelona Peace Tour, an initiative that will include two sporting events for peace in which children from Israel and Palestine will participate and in which all FC Barcelona players will be present,” said a statement on the club’s website.
“This project has been made possible thanks to the immeasurable collaboration of the Israeli and Palestinian governments.
“FC Barcelona has become a point of dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. The Barcelona foundation has organised sporting events with the children and young people of both communities in the past and it will continue to do so in a persistent effort for peace, freedom and democracy.”
The workshops will take place on the third and fourth of August.