(JERUSALEM) -- The Palestinian national soccer team was accepted into the international FIFA soccer league more than 10 years ago, but due to the Mideast conflict it was never able to host a game in the West Bank. Political changes, better security, and a stronger economy has changed that.
They played a historic game at the Faisal al-Husseini stadium in the West Bank on Wednesday -- not just for soccer fans but for many Palestinians. Their national soccer team hosted an international-level match on its home turf for the very first time, taking on Thailand. Nearly 20,000 fans came out, braving the bitter cold and hail. Many saw this first home game as another hard-won step in the struggle for an independent Palestinian state. The soccer team lost to Thailand, but for many it was a political win.
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