Gaza war: Brussels refuses to host Belgium vs Israel football match
BRUSSELS: The municipality of Brussels has announced that it is impossible for the Belgian capital to host a football match between the Belgium and Israel national teams due to “security” concerns.

 Opposing Israel’s genocide in the Gaza Strip, Belgians have organised demonstrations and sit-ins at universities. Some Belgian universities have partially or completely severed their ties with Israeli institutions.

The contest is scheduled to take place on 6 September as part of the UEFA Nations League tournament. However, Brussels will host Belgium’s games against France and Italy as per schedule.

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The municipality said, “The humanitarian and security situation in Gaza and its repercussions force the [council] to inform the Royal Belgian Football Association that it is not possible to organise this match at the Stade Roi Baudouin. Such a match being held in our capital will undoubtedly provoke major demonstrations, compromising the safety of spectators, players, residents and our police forces alike.”

On October 16, 2023, Brussels witnessed a terrorist attack coinciding with a football match. Two fans were killed in a shooting incident in the city centre, for which ISIS-Daesh claimed responsibility. After a complete analysis of the current situation by the Brussels City Council and its police department, they have decided that it is not possible to host the match between the Belgian and Israeli national teams.