Wales

Pro and anti-Israel demonstrations ahead of Euro game

Pro Palestine protest in Cardiff near the castle, ahead of the Euro qualifier

Protestors backing Palestine and supporters of Israel have held counter demonstrations ahead of Wales' crunch Euro 2016 qualifier in Cardiff.

Up to 2,000 people joined a march for Palestine from City Hall towards Cardiff City Stadium, where Wales kicks off against Israel at 17:00 BST.

Organisers claim sport is being used as a public relations tool by Israel.

However, a smaller counter-demonstration was organised for Israeli fans outside the stadium.

The pro-Palestine protest was organised by Fair Play for Palestine, with calls for Israel to be stripped of its membership of football's governing body, Fifa.

But Arieh Miller of the Zionist Federation, which is one of the groups organising a pro-Israel demonstration, told the Jewish News online that they would be "showing the true face of Israel".

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