???? Israel bans entry for most players on Gaza soccer team over links to terrorism

Israel bans entry for most players on Gaza soccer team over links to terrorism

Israel is denying entry to most players on a Gaza soccer team scheduled to play a game in Judea and Samaria later this week.

Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency says a security check turned up information pointing to “most” of the team’s “links to terrorism.” It did not elaborate.

A court sided with the state on Monday, meaning Wednesday’s scheduled game is unlikely to take place.

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Israel and Egypt have imposed a blockade on Gaza since Hamas terror group seized control of Gaza from the internationally-backed Palestinian Authority in 2007.

The legal blockade meant to prevent weapons from being transferred into the hands of Muslim terrorists, including the ruling Hamas terror group.

Over 15,000 tons of goods pass daily through the Kerem Shalom, the only crossing for goods into Gaza. There are two other crossings whose use is limited. The Erez crossing is used for people only, enabling foreign diplomats and patients to enter Israel. The Rafah crossing, on the border with Egypt, opens from time to time to allow the passage of goods and construction materials.