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The congress of FIFA, the International Football Federation, is meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Sao Paulo, and the international campaign to have Israel kicked out of the organization for longtime human rights abuses and violations of international law is swinging into full gear right now.

Kick Israel out of FIFA (graphic: Stephanie Westbrook)

Kick Israel out of FIFA (graphic: Stephanie Westbrook)

As we’ve been reporting for months, Jibril Rajoub, chair of the Palestinian Football Association, is seeking sanctions against Israel and demanding Israel’s expulsion from FIFA. Time is of the essence, so if those who care about Palestinian rights act together with a loud enough roar, our global message of solidarity will reverberate all over the world and land… in Sao Paulo.

Red Card Israeli Racism (RCIR), has issued a Twitter Action Alert! that begins within hours of this post being published–Monday morning in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Check it out.

Its petition,  a call to suspend the Israeli Football Association’s FIFA membership, was submitted at FIFA offices in Zurich last Wednesday and has over 12,000 signatures. RCIR will keep the petition active until its objective is achieved. The article Petition to suspend the Israeli FA submitted to FIFA prior to decisive Congress explains:

It is intended as input to all FIFA members at the 10-11 June Annual Congress.   There the results of the Israel/Palestine Task Force will be presented and the abuse of the human rights of Palestinian footballers will be addressed.  Ever since the 1920s Zionists and the Israeli state have exploited football for political reasons to camouflage the apartheid character of the Zionist enterprise.  This cannot be allowed to continue.  The Israeli FA is complicit in Israeli repression.

For anyone not following the campaign (documented in part hereherehere, here), RCIR issued a response to FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s misleading assertions on the issue. RCIR’s Kenneth Fryde, reporting at Football Beyond Borders, does a wrap up of the strides taken over the past year in “No normal sport in an apartheid state.”

And finally, RCIR coordinator Geoffrey Lee recently returned from Palestine where he’s making a film about football in the land of apartheid. He visited the family of Saji Darwish, a student at Bir Zeit University who was shot in the head and killed while feeding goats outside his home near Ramallah during an Israeli military killing spree last March (six Palestinians killed over 24 hours).

Lee emailed this to me today and I wanted to share it with you:

Our visit to the family of Saji Darwish was the most poignant.  It was a month after his killing.  His brother was brave in the interview and pointed out the fenced off Israeli-only road from which the shots had come.  The official report mentioned that there were only two shots – and said little more. That evening the village held a 5-a-side commemorative tournament.   His uncle thought that only then was the village beginning to emerge from its state of shock.  Football was helping the community pull itself around.

We met a coach who had been beaten, and a sports organiser who had tear gas grenades thrown at him, and children who were manhandled in pitch invasions.  The potential for violence seemed to be everywhere.  Road blocks were quiet and threatening; delays meant that an away game could often take two days.  Families worried about players’ return.

 It was depressing to see the pitches that couldn’t be used, as they were in Area C (full Israeli security control), and to hear of the shortage of pitches.  The professional league has eleven pitches for twelve teams and that only seven are up to full international standard.  FIFA had to abandon Goal investment projects due the intransigence of the Israeli military.

For all that, the game is on the up.  The Palestinian FA is pushing domestically and internationally for improvements and it has FIFA support.  We can express our solidarity through BDS activities, like banning Israeli hosting of tournaments and suspending the Israeli FA from FIFA, and by direct involvement like fixing team exchanges and coaching visits, which is already happening through Friendship Associations.  But how about upping the ante – training camps, exchanges between professional teams and direct support in facilities by our Football Associations?  There’s plenty of scope and it would be enormously beneficial.

Action Alert! Let’s make it happen.

(Thanks to Steph Westbrook and Edward Mast at Apartheid Adventures)

Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. Krauss on June 9, 2014, 1:26 am

    Great reporting, and great coverage overall of this issue. Americans gotta understand that they/we are an anomaly when football(world football) isn’t the biggest sport in the country.

    For both Israel and the Palestinians, it is the biggest sport.

    So this will hurt Israeli apartheid just like boycotts on the SA sports teams did in the 80s.

    Just watch Zionists and other apologists of apartheid attack this as “collective punishment”, just like the Apartheid regime’s defenders once did in the 70s and 80s.

    • zhaomafan on June 9, 2014, 4:48 pm

      are you kidding? “Great reporting”?! Tell me you’re kidding with that.

      One does not need to agree with Ms Robbins (I don’t, you obviously do) to nevertheless realise that her piece is anything but reporting. It is advocacy. And advocacy is not reporting.

      Well, it’s a few more things as well —- let’s see:

      1. it takes on the coloration of a hate-filled screed in various passages

      2. shallow and one-sided (not just vis a vis Israelis and Palestinians but also the rest of the world as well —- since I take it (please correct me if wrong) that Ms Robbins’ FIFA-related crusade is about Israel and no other country.

      3. polemical rather than reasoned.

      • annie on June 9, 2014, 7:54 pm

        zhaomafan, this particular post is mostly about a call to action. it includes embeds to a lot of information (and reporting) mostly from RCIR but also past mondoweiss coverage. if a person is not familiar with israel’s history of abuse against palestine and their athletes, by following the embeds one could learn a lot. but i agree with you, this particular article does not report a lot of news. as i pointed out down thread, not a palestine/fifa 101 . http://mondoweiss.net/2014/06/israel-international-campaign.html/comment-page-1#comment-672436

        btw, i am an activist (see bio). hence, i do not always have to have a reporters hat on. and i am definitely not a professional journalist and should not be confused as one or be expected to perform up to those standards- but i try my best to bring the best stories here. generally tho, i report on what other people are reporting, what’s already in the news and try to alert others to what i think is the most important things to focus on and get the word out.

      • annie on June 9, 2014, 8:03 pm

        Ms Robbins’ FIFA-related crusade is about Israel and no other country.

        obviously, you do not follow my twitter feed. btw, i’m not required to represent your point of view or ‘both sides’ here. go to another site if you want to balance reality with hasbara.

  2. Naftush on June 9, 2014, 2:29 am

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter, May 27:
    “I don’t know on what items the FIFA Congress should take action against the IFA, if they are (acting) according to the statutes and regulations of FIFA.
    “So far, we haven’t seen any breach of regulations… until then, who could take action against somebody who is a good member of FIFA? I can tell you that your federation is a good standing member,” he said.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/fifa-president-says-he-wont-sanction-israel/#ixzz347WaMkkP

    • Justpassingby on June 9, 2014, 4:03 am

      If hes earlier comment on Israel was correct, seems like he made a 180 after he talked to netanyahu, doesnt it?

      • just on June 9, 2014, 8:10 am

        He surely did, JPB. This is great work by RCIR and others. I don’t tweet, but I can sign petitions.

        Solidarity is a powerful tool. This is one of many deserved sanctions that the world at large can make happen! Many thanks, Annie! Can you imagine the powerful message that FIFA dumps Israeli Soccer/Football Team combined with Mohammed Assaf singing at the opening ceremonies at the World Cup? And lest I neglect to mention it, the PFA just won the ACC! It would be the first Triple Crown for football!

        Here’s some more information for FIFA:

        “With soccer’s international governing body FIFA due to discuss Israel’s alleged mistreatment of the Palestinian national soccer team, Israel has denied a visa to the team’s No. 3 official to fly to Brazil to take part in those discussions, Bloomberg reported Sunday.

        Mohammed Ammassi, deputy general secretary of the Palestine Football Association, had planned to travel from Gaza to the West Bank to Jordan, and from there to fly to Brazil. FIFA’s Congress is taking place in Sao Paolo on Tuesday and Wednesday.

        “The Palestine Football Association regrets to inform FIFA and the world football community that, at the time the situation of football in Palestine is to be discussed for the second time in the FIFA Congress, the third officially registered delegate of the Palestine Football Association has been denied permit to travel,” the association said Sunday in an e-mailed press release.

        Maj. Guy Inbar, spokesman for the Civil Administration, said Ammassi’s visa request was rejected because he didn’t file it at least 10 days before the date of departure, a security procedure that Inbar said had been agreed on with the Palestinian team. He added that if Ammassi resubmits his request, it will be duly considered.”

        http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.597675

      • ritzl on June 9, 2014, 11:57 am

        Wow, just. I know it gets said pretty often, but you just can’t make this stuff up.

        Why, under ANY circumstances would Israel make the Palestinians’ case for them in real time? You would think they would make an exception on Ammassi, if only for temporary propaganda/argument purposes.

        The Israelis just can’t help themselves. Must. Humiliate. Palestinians. Like robots. Blind, idiot robots.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on June 9, 2014, 2:45 pm

        ”The Israelis just can’t help themselves. Must. Humiliate. Palestinians. Like robots. Blind, idiot robots.”

        I agree. Their racism and need to see themselves as victims ALL of the time are deeply imbedded in the Zionist psyche. Then there’s the sheer mind-numbing pettiness and vindictiveness of it all. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Zionism is a form of mental illness.

    • LeaNder on June 9, 2014, 7:58 am

      Times of Israel – Naftush’s link: Israel says football facilities are sometimes used by Palestinian militants to fire rockets at its cities and warns that sport has been used as a tool to disseminate anti-Israeli propaganda.

      The first part can of course be considered a variation on the usual standard. Impossible to refute by the Palestinians. Maybe one should approach the arguments that the disabled or killed player were terrorists too with probability theory.

      The latter is of course highly interesting. But thanks to Annie we got a glimpse of that.

      It doesn’t show on en.Wikipedia or the Englsih version to the extend it should, but Sepp Blatter is corrupt.

      • annie on June 9, 2014, 12:58 pm

        sport has been used as a tool to disseminate anti-Israeli propaganda.

        bwahhh! the occupation has been used as a tool to disseminate anti-Israeli propaganda too, and they have no problem perpetuating that!

  3. StCuthbert on June 9, 2014, 8:35 am

    Thank you, RCIR, for spreading the undeniable truth that Israel’s national sport is attacking innocent Palestinian children. If more people knew this, instead of being misled by the Zionists that Israel’s national sport was football, they would join the righteous Palestinian cause and oppose apartheid.

  4. Bumblebye on June 9, 2014, 8:57 am

    “1.9) On 23/10/2012, Israeli Intelligence Forces, accompanied by Israeli Border Guard Forces, besieged the Islami Silwan club in east Jerusalem and gave them an order to close the club, under threat that any members who participate in sport activities will be arrested. The club had to withdraw from the 3rd class league after this order. It’s worth mentioning that, in March, 20013, the ban was renewed for another year.

    1.10) On 26/10/2012, player Imad Abbassi, who plays for Nadi Al-Muwathafin Club, was arrested by Israeli police and placed under house arrest, after being subjected to 6 successive arrests. It’s worth mentioning that the abovementioned player used to play for Nadi Silwan, and had transferred to Al-Muwathafin club after the Israeli Occupation forces shut his former club.

    1.11) On 16/12/2012, and in the old city of Jerusalem, an employee of Al-Muwathafin Club, Mr. Nehad Sugayyar, was attacked by a group of Orthodox Israelis, under the eyes of Israeli police who –needless to say- refrained from intervening. He suffered several burns and bruises from said attack.

    1.12) Ms. Mona Barbar, an employee in the Palestinian Higher Council of Youth & Sport, was arrested by the Israeli Authorities in 1/3/2013 with other people. Her charge was “organizing sport activities in east Jerusalem”.”

    “3.1)3. Beit Ummar Stadium/Hebron: The Israeli side argued that the proposed stadium poses a threat on Israeli security, since it borders road #60, and in the event that 10.000 spectators were present, there was a chance they might decide to throw stones on the passing Israeli cars. They also said that such a number of spectators would cause a traffic jam in the junction and the main road. The Palestinian side proposed solutions to said security concerns, saying that the PNA will take responsibility whenever a game is staged, and will provide security forces in numbers enough to prevent any problems before they occur, that if they do. And, as a further precaution, a street will be paved by the Municipality from the northwestern side, which will be the main entrance to the stadium. No entrance will be made on the side of road #60, and no cars will be allowed to park on that side. Furthermore, the Palestinian side said it is possible to build a fenced wall on the side of road #60. The Israeli side stuck to their statements and asked that the Palestinian side choose another piece of land. Consequently, the PFA decided to move the GP from Beit Ummar to Burin, which is located in zone “A”.

    3.1)4. Burin: Following the problem in Beit Ummar, the PFA selected the site of Burin (near the city of Nablus) which is within an area allotted to a school clearly located in zone “A”, all the documents requested by the Israeli side were given to them. After a few days, an Israeli force stormed the location and blocked the preparatory works.”

    http://xssportpal.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/israeli-transgressions-against_9933.html

    rcir had a link to the above site, but the main page was in French. The list of interferences is like one of Kates’s lists.

    • ritzl on June 9, 2014, 12:22 pm

      Thanks, Blownaway.

      • ritzl on June 9, 2014, 1:03 pm

        Ooops. Thanks, Bumblebye. Sorry.

    • ritzl on June 9, 2014, 12:51 pm

      The pictures of bomb craters right in the middle of multiple pitches make it self-evident that Israel is targeting the sport itself. And Section 5 lists Israeli cancellations of sanctioned international matches in Palestine. That targets the international game directly. I don’t see how FIFA can ignore that.

      From your link:

      5. Interventions in the organization of friendly matches:

      5.1) An agreement was reached in 2009 between the Palestine FA and two top Brazilian clubs to play a match of peace in Palestine on the 15th of September of the same year. The match was, however, cancelled under pressure from the “Israeli Confederacy” headed by Fernando Lutenberg.

      5.2) An attempt to organize a friendly match with Zambia in September-October 2011: The Israeli authorities interfered politically with the government of Zambia to discourage the playing of the match. (Full record of correspondence is in the safekeeping of the PFA), though an agreement was reached between the associations of Palestine & Zambia.

      5.3) A 2nd attempt with Central Africa Republic in October 2011 was also thwarted through intervention on the highest political levels.

      5.4) A 3rd attempt with Zambia on 17 November 2011was cancelled upon instructions of some “State House”.

      5.5) A football team from South Africa, which was supposed to participate in the Youth Week, organized by the Palestinian HCYS, cancelled its flights after being informed by the Israelis, via the Embassy of South Africa in Tel-Aviv, that Palestinian territories are “not safe”.

  5. on June 9, 2014, 9:50 am

    FIFA is all about money. The US has a better chance of winning the World Cup than FIFA does ruling against Israel.

    • Ellen on June 9, 2014, 3:27 pm

      In other words, there is ZERO chance of FIFA making a ruling against Israel. FIFA is only about the money, nothing else. It is a crime organization.

      I wish players would stop playing and make FIFA irrelevant. But that, too, will not happen. Or maybe a competing Federation?

      On the grotesque organization that FIFA is.

  6. joecatron on June 9, 2014, 11:15 am

    I do not think this will help the ol’ entity’s case at all:

    “Israeli authorities have denied a Palestine football official a permit to travel to a FIFA annual meeting in Brazil this week, the Palestine Football Association (PFA) has claimed.”

    http://www.insidethegames.biz/sports/summer/football/1020617-palestine-official-denied-permit-by-israel-to-travel-to-fifa-congress-claims-fa

    • just on June 9, 2014, 11:38 am

      One has to wonder how Schlep Blather will try to spin that…

    • Justpassingby on June 9, 2014, 11:53 am

      What a bloody joke. I hope blatter feel ashamed now when he obviously believed what netanyahu said/promised.

    • annie on June 9, 2014, 12:56 pm

      thanks joe, yeah steph sent me this news, i woke up to it today

      http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0EJ0V420140608?irpc=932

      Palestine FA says official’s Brazil trip blocked by Israel
      Sun, Jun 08 16:54 PM EDT
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has prevented a senior Palestinian soccer delegate from traveling to this month’s World Cup in Brazil, his federation said on Sunday.

      The Palestine FA (PFA) has been lobbying world governing body FIFA to impose sanctions against Israel over restrictions on the movement of players from the blockaded Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank.

      PFA president Jibril Rajoub told Reuters last month that the relationship between the two Middle East neighbors had deteriorated after the recent arrest of a Palestine footballer and the shooting of two other players.

      On Sunday the PFA, in what it described as the third such case, said its deputy general-secretary Mohammad Ammassi was denied permission by Israel to travel from Gaza to the West Bank, from where he would cross to Jordan and on to Brazil.

      “This is not the first time Mr Amassi has been denied a travel permit,” the PFA said in a statement.

      “Israeli authorities have nothing against him, which clearly makes this rejection a temperamental and arbitrary measure that does not help the efforts to find a solution to the situation of Palestinian football.”

      Israeli officials were checking the details of the case and had yet to comment.

      Gaza is under the control of armed Hamas Islamists who advocate Israel’s destruction and have often clashed with it.

      The U.S.-backed rival Palestinian administration in the West Bank signed a unity deal with Hamas in April, prompting Israel to call off peace negotiations with it.

      Rajoub said in May that FIFA had established a task force that included Palestinian and Israeli delegates but this had failed to improve the main issues of freedom of movement and access for Palestinian athletes.

      (Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Ken Ferris)

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on June 9, 2014, 2:48 pm

        ”Gaza is under the control of armed Hamas Islamists who advocate Israel’s destruction and have often clashed with it.”

        Even if this were true (clearly the ones who ‘control’ Gaza are those blockading it from air, land and say) it is relevant…. how exactly?

        Good ol’ Reuters. They knew that this story of official Israeli pettiness and vindictiveness painted Israel in a bad light, so there they were to provide a nice little bit of ‘balance’.

  7. ritzl on June 9, 2014, 12:21 pm

    Great coverage. Thanks, Annie.

    Now that Palestine is a genuine international contender (Asia Cup 2015), Israel’s efforts to directly target and harm Palestinian football have to become more of an acute and actionable problem.

  8. Palikari on June 9, 2014, 12:31 pm

    This has nothing to do with Human Rights; this is just hatred against Israel, the ONLY DEMOCRACY on the Middle East. If you were really worried about Human Rights, Israel would be the last Middle Eastern country you would think of boycotting. Why don’t you ask the boycott of Hamas-ruled Gaza, Syria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, China, North Korea? To name a few… Those countries violate Human Rights much more than Israel.

    What you are doing is called HIPOCRISY.

    • annie on June 9, 2014, 1:20 pm

      something has changed for me, i can tell by the way i feel when i read posts like this. there was a time when i felt challenged to respond, explain and defend our advocacy. but now, i get this sense of satisfaction reading your words. there’s something fulfilling about reading those capital letters especially.

      ;)

      i remember the words of omar barghouti on the 6th anniversary of the BDS campaign. he said we would start seeing the cracks … he didn’t say screams and howls but that’s how i interpreted it. yes, it won’t feel good for you palikari, but you’re on the losing team and from your perspective it will only feel like things are getting worse and worse. but it’s actually getting much better. get with the program! leave the dark side.

    • annie on June 9, 2014, 1:30 pm

      http://mondoweiss.net/2011/07/omar-barghouti-on-the-6th-anniversary-of-the-bds-call-bds-targets-a-system-of-oppression-so-that-all-people-can-live-in-equality-and-justice.html

      Resistance to oppression always alienates the oppressors. It’s a rule in any resistance to colonial oppression throughout history and the colonial community is never fond of it, of this resistance.
      ……
      This suppression reflects that they’re really scarred and when people feel scared they do ban together until the price becomes much higher and then you’ll see cracks in this wall of silence in Israel and wall of complicity in Israel where almost all Israelis are complicit…..Only when the price goes higher as we’re doing and that’s why BDS is truly alarming to the establishment, to the colonial establishment in Israel. It promises to threaten their hegemony and their privilege and once that happens we’ll see the dissent. That’s what happened in South Africa

      it’s really good, you should watch the whole thing:

    • Woody Tanaka on June 9, 2014, 1:33 pm

      “This has nothing to do with Human Rights”
      Oh, just shut your dirty mouth for once. It has everything to do with Human Rights. You — with your Zionist flag as your avatar — might not consider Palestinians to be fully human being with rights, but that’s an indictment on you. And yes, any decent human being SHOULD hate Israel, because of the evil things it does. If you can’t see that, that, too, is an indictment on you.

      “the ONLY DEMOCRACY on the Middle East”
      Bull. Half of the people who are controlled by that state don’t get any say in it, based solely on their ethnic background. That’s not democracy, that’s an ethno-religious Apartheid regime.

      “Those countries violate Human Rights much more than Israel.”
      And if we condemned every one of those countries, would you condemn Israel for it’s 80 years of racist barbarism? No, because you don’t give a damn about the people in those countries. You’re using them as rhetorical human shields to protect the criminals in Israel. You should be ashamed of yourself, but it seems that Zionists are incapable of feeling shame.

    • eljay on June 9, 2014, 1:38 pm

      >> … If you were really worried about Human Rights, Israel would be the last Middle Eastern country you would think of boycotting. Why don’t you ask the boycott of Hamas-ruled Gaza, Syria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, China, North Korea?

      1. Cuba, China and North Korea aren’t in the Middle East.
      2. You Zio-supremacists really need to get past this repulsive belief you have that it’s acceptable for serial rapists to operate in society as long as there are murderers on the loose.

    • Shingo on June 9, 2014, 6:37 pm

      This has nothing to do with Human Rights; this is just hatred against Israel, the ONLY DEMOCRACY on the Middle East.

      Israel is not a democracy it’s apartheid and yes, this has everything to do with human rights – a concept foreign to Israel and it’s supporters.

      What’s not to hate about apartheid and mass murder?

    • talknic on June 9, 2014, 7:20 pm

      @ Palikari “This has nothing to do with Human Rights; this is just hatred against Israel, the ONLY DEMOCRACY on the Middle East”

      Uh? No mention of democracy in the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel pal. It says : “The state of Israel ….will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel

      BTW Israel has never had a legally elected Government, under the promised (and obligatory) constitution. The first thing the Zionist Movement‘s state did was rob Israelis by introducing, before a proper Government was elected, basic law instead of a constitution.

      Furthermore, Jews had the right to immigrate, attain citizenship, buy land and settle anywhere in the Jewish People’s Historic Homeland http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/palmanda.asp#art7 until the Zionist Federation screwed that up by demanding a separate Jewish State. Now Israeli Jews can settle in Israel but no longer have the right to settle anywhere in the Jewish People’s Historic homeland.

      ” Why don’t you ask the boycott of Hamas-ruled Gaza”

      Uh? There already is a boycott, by Israel you incredibly stupid person

      Anyway, Gaza is a part of Palestine, Hamas is Palestinian, they’re not illegal settlers in Palestine. Israel is not a part of Palestine, it occupies Palestinians and Palestinian territory. Israeli citizens illegally settle in and illegally benefit from the resources of occupied Palestinian territory. They deserve to be boycotted.

      “…Those countries violate Human Rights much more than Israel”

      Like ’em or not, they’re not violating human rights outside the extent of their realm. Israel is!

      “What you are doing is called HIPOCRISY”

      No mate, what YOU ARE doing is trying to justify and excuse Israel’s abuses in non-Israeli territory by pointing the finger elsewhere.

      • RoHa on June 9, 2014, 9:10 pm

        “No mate, what YOU ARE doing is trying to justify and excuse Israel’s abuses in non-Israeli territory by pointing the finger elsewhere.”

        Just about any critical thinking textbook will include “Pointing to another wrong” as a standard informal fallacy. One of the many weaknesses of Zionism is that they cannot argue their case without using that and many other logical solecisms.

    • RoHa on June 9, 2014, 8:59 pm

      ” this is just hatred against Israel, ”

      Why do you think people hate Israel? Please suggest a reason, and then tell us what evidence do you have to support your reason.

      Hypocrisy is
      “The practice of claiming to have higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case”. (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/hypocrisy)

      I am not sure why so many people think it is a very bad thing. For my part, I think it is better to give lip service to an ideal than no service at all.

    • amigo on June 10, 2014, 9:44 am

      “Why don’t you ask the boycott of Hamas-ruled Gaza,” palikari

      Israel is already on that one.

      Syria!!!.Yup , that one is well in hand –see USA/UK/France et al.

      Cubbba !!! Yup also well in hand–see your benefactor and Saviour Uncle Sam.

      China, !!!—dont think your handlers at Hasbara central would like that.Israel is busy cosying up to China ???>

      “On April 8, President Shimon Peres will embark on a state visit to China. It will be the first time President Peres has paid a visit to China since 2008 when he attended the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games. It will also be the first time an Israeli president has paid a state visit to China since 2003.

      Peres is going to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

      The leaders of the two countries will exchange views on bilateral relations, as well as regional and international issues. The visit is of great significance, and will promote a new high in China- Israel relations.

      As an ancient Chinese saying goes, “Amity between people holds the key to sound relations between states.”J post

      Surely J post cannot be lying eh palikari.

      Btw check out that last line there.Israel ought to start practicing “Amity ” towards their neighbors .

      http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-Ed-Contributors/China-Israel-relations-are-bound-to-blossomHE-GAO-YANPING-347495

      Sadia Arabia–why boycott them.They are biggest bestest buddies with your biggest bestest buddies Uncle Sam.

      No , I think we will just stick with boycotting the Apartheid Regime and rogue nation.It is time it disappeared into the pages of time as the failed project it is.

  9. Denis on June 9, 2014, 12:48 pm

    I must admit I am utterly confused by the lack of continuity between this report and annie’s report of Mar05.2014. Of all of the egregious reasons to boot Israel out of FIFA what could be more egregious than the IDF targeting Palestinian football stars by shooting them in the feet and ending their careers? I mean, that story is freaking EXHIBIT “A” in the whole case against Israel and it is completely ignored here.

    Just last Mar05 annie wrote:

    On Jan 31st, without warning, Israeli forces attacked two young Palestinian athletes on their return home from football training in al-Ram in the central West Bank. They shot them repeatedly in the feet, unleashed attack dogs that mauled their arms and legs and dragged them hundreds of feet on the ground, beat them and broke their knees (video). The youths, cousins Jawhar Nasser Jawhar, 19, and Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17, will never play competitive sports again. . . “Ten bullets were put into Jawhar’s feet. Adam took one bullet in each foot”

    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/03/vicious-palestinian-athletes.html

    And annie linked to The Nation, Amnesty Int’l, and a US State Dept news briefing. Here is al Jazeera’s report on the shooting:

    http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201403052234-0023531

    When I read annie’s account I says to m’self: Well, that’s the end of Israel in FIFA, and good riddance. I mean, to borrow a phrase coined by the Obama administration poet-in-residence, Joe Biden, this was “a big — bleep— ing deal.” That incident alone should be more than sufficient reason to make the case that Israel has no business being allowed to participate in ANY international sporting organization, and yet I do not see a single word about it anywhere in this article and I do not see Rajoub or Fryde or Lee referring to it.

    So what’s the deal here? Was that Mar05 incident a fake? Is it off the table? Has it been erased from blogosphere’s collective memory just like the two Nakba day killings soon will be?

    If IDF unloaded 10 rounds into the feet of a Palestinian footballer just last March, then why isn’t that story the first thing out of the mouths of those who want to ban Israel from FIFA? Somthin’ is not makin’ sense.

    • annie on June 9, 2014, 1:13 pm

      denis, i’m sorry this article wasn’t up to your standards. i’ve written a lot about this in the past and this article is a call to action, not a palestine/fifa 101 for people who have not been paying attention. i did however include this:

      For anyone not following the campaign (documented in part hereherehere, here), RCIR issued a response to FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s misleading assertions on the issue. RCIR’s Kenneth Fryde, reporting at Football Beyond Borders, does a wrap up of the strides taken over the past year in “No normal sport in an apartheid state.”

      i suggest opening the links.

      • Denis on June 10, 2014, 12:52 am

        Very helpful and very insightful, nic. As always. Maybe you could drop you’re typical ad hominem long enough to take a shot at answering the actual question. Here, I’ll give it to you again:

        If IDF unloaded 10 rounds into the feet of a Palestinian footballer just last March, then why isn’t that story the first thing out of the mouths of those who want to ban Israel from FIFA?

        It’s an extremely valid question. If you call that “hasbara,” either you don’t know what the term “hasbara” means or you’re too far down the bunny-hole to know what’s valid and what isn’t.

      • annie on June 10, 2014, 3:42 am

        If you call that “hasbara,” either you don’t know what the term “hasbara” means or you’re too far down the bunny-hole to know what’s valid and what isn’t.

        umm, i don’t think i referenced your comment as hasbara. perhaps you’re confusing yourself (and my response) to zhaomafan ? http://mondoweiss.net/2014/06/israel-international-campaign.html/comment-page-1#comment-672472

        Very helpful and very insightful, nic. As always. Maybe you could drop you’re typical ad hominem

        what ad hominem? nothing in my comment/response to you suggests an ad hominem.

        take a shot at answering the actual question. Here, I’ll give it to you again:

        If IDF unloaded 10 rounds into the feet of a Palestinian footballer just last March, then why isn’t that story the first thing out of the mouths of those who want to ban Israel from FIFA?

        because i already reported that. anyone who is interested in this effort, knows that. maybe this post is not for you (iow, move on), it is about a call to action for people who are already informed. and for the uninformed, the embeds are there for your/their edification.

        also, in the grand scheme of things, what happened to those boys is no worse than what’s happened to countless athletes (and countless non athletic people) in palestine. i made a choice to not call out any of them specifically in this article. and you can read about many dead ones if you follow the links.

        i hope that clears things up. and your hostility is noted. although i might add, it doesn’t become you.

      • Denis on June 10, 2014, 2:44 pm

        annie, my last comment was directed to talknic and his accusation that my question was “hasbara.”

        Unlike talknic, I do not consider your style as “usual ad hominem”. You and I have been at odds frequently over the years, and while your tone is often a sort of gentle-snarkiness, I have never considered it ad hominem. I consider it “feedback” b/c you get to the substance of the issue, whereas tn typically merely throws out his puerile “hasbara” insult without having anything worthwhile to add to the conversation.

        I apologize for being vague as to whom I was directing my comment.

    • talknic on June 9, 2014, 1:34 pm

      Denis “Somthin’ is not makin’ sense”

      You & the Hasbara. http://talknic.wordpress.com/category/the-hasbara-the-worlds-most-stupid-propaganda/

  10. amigo on June 9, 2014, 2:31 pm

    can you imagine what the outcome would be if Palestinians were shooting Israeli “Jewish” soccer players in the foot.

    The Irony is , the zios are shooting themselves in both their feet.That is when said feet are not in their “Collective ” mouths.

    Dump the murdering rogue nation out of all civilized orgs.

    I passed this info along to IFA in Dublin.Hopefully they took notice and keep it in mind when a vote comes up.

    • annie on June 9, 2014, 8:13 pm

      I passed this info along to IFA in Dublin.Hopefully they took notice and keep it in mind when a vote comes up.

      thanks amigo

      • amigo on June 10, 2014, 5:00 am

        Annie, “thanks amigo”.

        Thank Brian Esker.He compelled me to do it.

        Have a nice day Annie and thanks for all your hard work.

        Btw, that should have read, FAI (Football assoc of Ireland) not IFA as I wrote.

  11. Ellen on June 9, 2014, 4:05 pm

    FIFA is so pathetic that Blatter is now claiming that the criticism of having Qatar host the world cup is based on racism.

    He is playing the Zionist hand book of victimology to deflect from the insane decision to have a world cup in Qatar that was surely most likely based on a pile of money and favors.

    These guys have no sense of right or wrong.

    As an aside, sadly most Qataris mix hosting the World Cup with patriotism. They do not see how they are also getting screwed in the deal with FIFA

  12. Talkback on June 10, 2014, 8:51 am

    Most moral “football”-team in the world.:

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