Emergency UN General Assembly meeting on Gaza called for Wednesday

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He described the cancellation as a "red card from everyone to the Israelis". They pledged to continue raising voice for rights of oppressed Palestinians and rejecting nefarious designs of Israel and United States against people in various parts of the world including Palestine.

"(Rajoub's) aim was to harm our country through soccer", said IFA chairman Ofer Eini who not so long ago sat round the table with Rajoub and Federation Internationale de Football Association officials trying to find a solution to the volatile impasse in the region.

Palestinians were not happy that the match would have been held in Jerusalem and Rajoub wrote to Claudio Tapia, the head of the Argentine FA, last week accusing Israel of using the match as a "political tool".

"Not that we needed it but it again showed how the management of Argentine football is a huge mafia", said Lorena Quiroga, a 40-year-old small business owner. They refused to play in Jerusalem because Palestinians are "violent" and "threatening".

Tensions were further heightened last month after the USA moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a step seen by both Israel and the Palestinians as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the conflict. "Argentina team just said NO to whitewashing of Israeli apartheid!"

Ahead of the game, his Palestinian counterpart Jibril Rajoub urged Messi not to play, calling on fans to burn his shirt if he did.

Argentinian media reports said Thursday that as a result of the cancellation, Argentina must repay Israel $2 million it received for the scrapped match.

In an attempt to salvage the game, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone late Tuesday with Argentinian President Mauricio Macri.

Israeli soldiers on Friday killed four Palestinians and wounded more than 600 others protesting in Gaza along the fence that separates the territory from Israel, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Friday's march coincides with "Jerusalem Day", instituted by post-Islamic Revolution Iran as an annual protest against Israeli control over the holy city.

Protester Fadi Saleh said the frequent marches have helped revive sympathies in the Arab world for the Palestinians, but that more could be done.

The protesters chanted anti-Israeli and anti-U.S. slogans and carried banners condemning Israel's continued occupation of Palestinian lands, Israel's killing of Gaza protesters and US moving embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Arab countries turned to the General Assembly in December after the U.S. vetoed a Security Council vote on a resolution to condemn its decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.