Monday, May 1, 2017
It is no secret that the modern formation of Arab countries are largely the outcome of dividing the Arab region within the Ottoman Empire into mini-states. That was the result of political necessities and compromises that arose from the Sykes-Picot Agreement in 1916. The British-French agreement, with the consent of Russia, was entirely motivated by sheer power, economic interests, political hegemony and little else. This explains why most of the borders of Arab countries were perfect straight lines. It has been almost one hundred years since colonial powers divided the Arabs, although they are yet to respect the very boundaries that they have created. Moreover, they have invested much time, energy, resources and, at times, all-out wars to ensure that the arbitrary division never truly ends. 
Palestinian-Syrian athletic relations went beyond these 'fake' borders. Started in 1930's, these relations were based on national and mutual cooperation between the two people. They illustrated the moral support of the Syrian people for their fellow Palestinians. Documents show that there were tens of sports meetings and competitions between teams and clubs in both countries since 1930's until the end of 1947. Not to mention the Syrian constant support for Palestine Sports Federation to join the International Football Association FIFA.
In January 1933, the first boxing club by the name Nadi al-Ghazi (the Ghazi Club- after King Ghazi of Iraq) was established in Haifa by the boxer Adib Kamal (Adib al-Turki) who was described by Filastin as the champion of Syria, Iraq, and Palestine. He competed with boxers from Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt.  In January 1937, the team of the Islamic Club in Haifa visited Damascus and met with Nadi Barada (Barada Club) in Damascus, the latter won three to one. In June 1937 Nadi Shabab al Arab traveled to Damascus and tied with Nadi Barada. In August, the Palestinian boxing champion Adib Dasuqi met in Jaffa with the Syrian-Lebanese champion Mustafa al-Arna’ot at the stage of De La Salle School. This competition was attended by the Mayor of this city. In boxing, al-Dafa’ published an announcement about the Syrian champion of Syria Shafiq al-Baghdadi challenging any Palestinian boxer who would had a wish to compete with him. Later he got a response from the Palestinian boxer Muhammad al-Awadi. In April 1938, Shabab al-Arab football team met in with al-Nadi al-Riyadi al-Halabi (Aleppo Sports Club). In wrestling in January 1942, a competition was held in Ramla, where the Syrian champion in freestyle wrestling Mustafa al-Halawani was defeated by Muhammad Abu Hadla from Ramla. The funds of this competition had been allocated for entertaining the Arab volunteers who took part in World War II. 
 Ramzi Baroud, ‘Plan B’ – Not an Enigma: Why the West is Keen on Dividing the Arabs, March 1, 2016 http://www.ramzybaroud.net/plan-b-not-an-enigma-why-the-west-is-keen-on-dividing-the-arabs/
 It is not known where and when he was born, however, probably his father was originally from Turkey.
 Difa, January 10 1942.
 Filastin, November 4 1944.
 Filastin, November 28 1946.
 Difa, November 6 1937.
 Difa, July 16 1945.
 Difa, March 28 1945.
 Filastin, March 26 1945.
 Difa, March 27 1945
 Difa, March 1945.
FIFA Archive. August 6th 1935 a letter from FIFA to PFA.
FIFA Archive, 4th September 1937.