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Chilean club angers Jews for featuring historic map of Palestine

The Jewish community in Chile had asked the Palestinian club to remove the map

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A Chilean football team founded by Palestinian immigrants in 1920 refused to apologize for featuring a pre-1948 map of Palestine on their official jersey, an act that has angered the country’s Jewish community.

The Jewish community in Chile called the Palestinian club, known as ”Deprotico Palestino” to remove the map.

Last week, Palestino revealed its 2014 uniform with jerseys sporting a map of Palestine that includes Gaza, the West Bank and what territory that is now considered to be the State of Israel.

The map replaces the numeral 1 in squad numbers.

Jews have protested the political nature of the shirts to the football governing body FIFA.

The Israeli foreign ministry had contacted the Chilean embassy to express its dissatisfaction over the issue.

A statement by the Israeli embassy in Chile urged for “avoid anti-Israeli provocations such as presenting a map in which the state of Israel appears as part of Palestinian territories, with the evident intention of denying the existence of Israel," Chilean newspaper La Nacion reported.

The Palestinian Federation of Chile slammed the criticism in a statement, saying: “We reject the hypocrisy of those who blame this map, and yet talk about the occupied territory as disputed territory.”