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Argentina have cancelled their final World Cup warm-up match against Israel, striker Gonzalo Higuaín said on Tuesday, as political pressure grew before Saturday's scheduled fixture in Jerusalem.

The game, Argentina's final warm-up match before the World Cup in Russian Federation, which begins next week, was highly anticipated in Israel with tickets selling out in 20 minutes, but drew a furious reaction from the Palestinians.

Argentina's controversial friendly against Israel has been suspended after threats towards Lionel Messi and waves of protests.

Under pressure from pro-Palestine campaigners, Argentina has canceled a controversial World Cup warm-up match against Israel in the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds amid an global outcry over the regime's crimes against Palestinians.

"They've finally done the right thing", Higuain said in an interview.

It is also learnt that a group of Palestinian children also wrote to their favorite football star Messi to shun playing the friendly with Israel in Jerusalem as it would hurt to their sentiments.

Rajoub had accused Israel of using the match as a political tool and now the clash has been cancelled.

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According to Haaretz, a newspaper in Tel Aviv, Israel, Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli wasn't interested in the game in the first place and has complained about it in recent days.

There was no initial reaction from the Israeli FA or from Israeli politicians.

The ambassador of Palestine in Argentina, Husni Abdel Wahed, had expressed his opposition to the friendly match, saying the match would be similar to them celebrating. the occupation.

"I stressed that the game, in the wake of the killing of the Palestinians in Gaza and the relocation of the United States. embassy to Jerusalem, sends a unsafe message to the Israeli government that the world ignores its gross human rights violations".

Palestinians are outraged at US President Donald Trump's decision last December to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, breaking with decades of policy, and move his country's embassy there. The Jewish state considers the entire city its own "indivisible" capital.

"Messi is a symbol of peace and love", Rajoub said.

"We ask him to be participate in the legitimisation of the criminal occupation".

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