The European Basketball Players Union (UBE) sends its support to the players represented by the Israeli Basketball Players Association in their strike to preserve the special character of professional basketball in Israel. It is UBE’s position that professional clubs throughout Europe must continue to play an important role in developing and supporting national team players by doing all that is possible, within the law, to promote and develop domestic talent. National teams are a critical part of the business of basketball and, if domestic players do not have the opportunity to play and develop, all players, regardless of nationality, will suffer in the longer term as the popularity of the sport diminishes.

We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Israel.