Sport, politics and the struggle over ‘normalization’ in post-Oslo Israel and Palestine

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Belcastro, F. 2020. Sport, politics and the struggle over ‘normalization’ in post-Oslo Israel and Palestine. Mediterranean Politics. 27 (5), p. 644–664. https://doi.org/10.1080/13629395.2020.1845938
AuthorsBelcastro, F.
Abstract

This article uses sport as a theoretical tool to analyse Palestinian–Israeli relations in the post-Oslo era. It does so by looking at two major sport events, the start of the Giro d’Italia cycling race and the Israel–Argentina football match. These two events were scheduled to take place in Israel and the Occupied Territories within a month of each other, in May and June of 2018, respectively. Despite frequent claims of its ‘neutral’ and ‘apolitical’ nature, sport is closely intertwined with issues of identity, representation, community and nation. This is particularly true in contexts characterized by conflict and divisions. Sport and major sport events are particularly relevant considering post-Oslo developments in Israel and the Occupied territories. With any hope of a solution within the Oslo framework now seemingly faded, and the situation on the ground clearly favouring Israel and its allies, the actors are now vying over what this article defines as ‘normalization of the status quo’. This study will show of sport events analysed are central to the strategies carried out by the main actors in the conflict, and therefore how sport can provide a unique tool to analyse recent developments in Israel and the Occupied Territories.

KeywordsMiddle East politics; Sociology of Sport; International Relations
Year2020
JournalMediterranean Politics
Journal citation27 (5), p. 644–664
PublisherTaylor and Francis (Informa UK Limited)
ISSN1362-9395
1743-9418
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13629395.2020.1845938
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13629395.2020.1845938
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Publication dates22 Nov 2020
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Deposited11 Dec 2020, 15:42
Accepted28 Oct 2020
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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