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Algeria players donate $100,000 in solidarity with Gaza

Jul 20, 2014, 6:59 AM EDT

Algeria's fans celebrate their victory over Libya during their 2013 African Nations Cup qualifying soccer match in Casablanca Reuters

In the past week, we’ve had plenty of stories about World Cup players donating their prize money to deserving causes. The Argentina national team gave over $100,000 to the pediatric cancer center of a hospital in Buenos Aires. Rumors abounded that Mesut Özil would be donating his winnings to the people of Gaza, but the truth was that he gave over $400,000 to fund surgeries for 23 Brazilian children.

Turns out, though, that there are internationals that wish to see some of their prize money go to the children of Gaza. Algeria, who made it to the knockout stages only to lose 2-1 to Germany in added extra time, are donating 10 million dinars, or $100,000, to show their full solidarity to the children of Gaza.

The Algeria Football Federation (FAF) did not specify a specific charity in Gaza to which the money would be donated, but did include the gift in the summary of their meeting of July 19.

$100,000 may seem like a lot of money to many of us, but when considering the astronomical sums many players are making these days — stars make that amount per week — it may be tempting to shrug aside these sorts of donations. But it’s worth remembering that the Fennec Foxes aren’t composed of a bunch of superstars. They’re mostly young kids playing in Spain, France, Portugal and Italy.

We hear a lot of stories about athletes spending wildly, about football federations not paying their players, about the World Cup spending overlooking the populations of the host countries. Irregardless of your particular politics, it’s nice to read the occasional story on soccer players who are trying to make children’s lives better.

  1. bigblue86 - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Tell me how the money is going directly to help the children and not into Hamas’s terror coffers and then I’ll commend them. Until then it’s just more money going towards firing rockets indiscriminately at civilians and building tunnels to send armed terrorists after innocent people.

    • Skulb - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      No worse than the US government donating billions every year to the IDF so it can bomb children playing football on the beach I think. Please don`t be a hypocrite even if you insist on being a cynic.

    • Skulb - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      Oh, and there are no tunnels and civilians in Gaza are not “terrorists”. This is just propaganda so people won`t oppose Israel.

      • skjln - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        Skulb – I bet your opinion would change if it was your yard that the rockets were landing in. Of course the cowards would be firing their military rockets at you while hiding those munitions in schools and hospitals. That way, if you retaliate, then you are the bad guy. By the way, there are tunnels and it is the terrorist that are the problem, the civilians just allow them to exist, and are partly responsible when the are caught in the middle. Before you spout off about them being powerless against the terrorist, refer to the American Revolutionary War. What you don’t resist, you support.

      • bigblue86 - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        OK, This is just delusional. There are no tunnels? Not only are there picture of the tunnels exits in Israel AND pictures inside the tunnels, but how do you think the Hamas fighters got past the border and nearly attacked a Kibbutz the other night? Oh and I didn’t call the civilians terrorists, I called Hamas terrorists and said I would commend the Algerians if the money were going directly to the civilians and not Hamas.

  2. coachbeck - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Donating to Hamas. Donating to death.

    You should correct the headline to show that

  3. dkalev - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Wow, Americans who aren’t blinded by the media? I’m impressed to find that here, even the ones on yahoo and ny times and wall at journal are delusional…
    Not being sarcastic, genuinely amazed

  4. kgun80 - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Yeah people with no Air Force, no Army, no navy. Under a brutal occupation where they are murdered,arrested and held without charge and are continually pushed off their land. They are the aggressors? Yeah, thanks for the info.

    • bigblue86 - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      1) Gaza is not under any type of occupation. Israel withdraw from Gaza in 2005 (I know, I was living in Israel at the time) and this is only the 2nd time that Israel has entered Gaza since then.
      2) If by ‘pushed off their land’ you are referring to them having to evacuate because the terror groups are storing and firing missiles from on top of, inside, next to and beneath their houses, then yes. But all the civilians have to do is not let the terrorists use the land to attack from.

  5. dkalev - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Love how as Americans we sit on our high horse, thousands of miles away pretending we know everything and everything we say is correct . No wonder the world detests us. As an American, even I detest us.

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