Israel project making waves in political circles

Tue, Oct 16, 2012 2:43 PM

Israel project making waves in political circles
Last week, the Lords and Commons Cricket Club, containing a wealth of British politicians, visited Israel. The trip had been co-ordinated with the Israel Cricket Association (ICA), winners of the Spirit of Cricket Award at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Development Program Awards in 2011.

Their project entitled Cricket4Peace, used the sport as a vehicle to bridge the gap between Israeli and Palestinian children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The UK parliamentarians, accompanied by former England captain John Emburey, travelled to the southern Israeli town of Sderot, before moving on to play with young children in Hura, where cricket has surpassed football in popularity.

The visit was designed to “combine an original mix of cricket and political fact-finding” and according to Stanley Perlman, Chairman of the ICA, it’s been a “truly brilliant trip.”

The group did manage to play a couple of games during their visit, with matches staged against a Chairman’s XI and reigning national champions, Young Ashdod. Unfortunately for the politicians, they were on the receiving end of 159 run defeat in the first game and a slightly more respectable 85 run loss in the second.

According to Stanley though, the results were immaterial. “It’s been a great few days and a pleasure to welcome them here. John has been brilliant and I really think that they’ve been overawed by what’s happening in Israel, particularly with Cricket4Peace.”

It’s certain that the ICA’s project is making waves in political and social circles, as they continue to use sport as a vehicle to initiate change in the region.

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