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Honda cancels racing event scheduled to take place in occupied West Bank settlement

"Honda event in Israel with Joe Roberts is canceled", 22 February 2018

Palestinians are welcoming the cancellation of a racing event sponsored by Honda in Israel. The event, due to feature rising US motorcycle racing star Joe Roberts, had been condemned by human rights groups. Honda Israel announced on its Facebook page... that the meet-up scheduled to be held in the city of Arad on 23-24 February was canceled “due to the lack of a track suitable for riding”... In fact, the event had originally been scheduled for the newly built track in the Petzael settlement in the occupied West Bank in an area of the Jordan Valley where the Israeli military has been engaged in the forced displacement of Palestinians. All of Israel’s settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Syria’s Golan Heights, are illegal under international law. Human rights and peace groups in Japan had urged Honda to cancel the event and the Palestinian BDS National Committee warned [Honda]... it could face “international boycotts” if it went ahead. Honda Israel then abruptly announced that the event would be moved out of the West Bank, to Arad. Roberts [said]... that he had not been informed by organizers that the event was slated to be in the West Bank. “I wasn’t given a lot of details in the beginning, other than that the track was in Israel... I would not have attended the event had it been in the West Bank.”

 

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