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Monday, October 22, 2012

Streetball takes over Jerusalem's Safra Square

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Once a year, the plaza outside Jerusalem City Hall is transformed into 16 basketball courts where anyone can join in the fun.

About 1,000 Jewish and Arab players turned out for Jerusalem's 16th annual Streetball Tournament this July.

City Hall's Safra Square was transformed into 16 basketball courts and one central plot, enough to host hundreds of matches, including an exhibition game pitting members of Knesset against well-known Israeli basketball players.

For NIS 200 (about $50), and less for residents of the city, groups of players could sign up and get T-shirts. Anybody is welcome to play in this tournament, and the municipality's Sports Department formed teams divided by age.

"It's great participation, as you see the excitement and everything around here," says Tal Brody, a former Maccabi Tel Aviv star. "I think it's fantastic."

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