Originally published in Emancipation & Liberation Issue 10, Summer 2005.
- Israelis have the right to play on both sides of the court, whereas Palestinians can only play on their own side.
- For security reasons, Palestinians do not have the right to pass the ball between players, the ball could hit an Israeli player.
- There will be no basket on the Israeli side.
- Israel is allowed to shoot at any time, even during time-outs.
- Palestinians are not allowed to have supporters. Only Israelis should be supported.
- Israel selects the press and what the press reports.
- Israel encourages Palestinians to shoot into the Palestinian basket. Players who refuse will be nominated as terrorists and will not be allowed to play.
- Palestinian players are allowed to leave the field but can not return. One exception: A Palestinian can be replaced by an Israeli.
- Israel selects and instructs the referees, and tells them to look away.
- Israel selects the captain of the Palestinian team.
- Israeli faults and Palestinian good plays will not be shown on TV.
- Israel takes the money sponsors pay to Palestinians.
- Only Israeli players get refreshments.
- Palestinians are required to play, when and where designated by Israel.
- Rules only apply to Palestinians. Israelis may change the rules during the game and are not required to advice the Palestinians of the changes.
Written by Dror Feiler, an ex-Israeli para from kibbutz Yad Hanna, now living in Sweden. He is a member of European Jews for a Just Peace. Published in New Interventions, Volume 12, no.1, Spring 2005.