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Israel detains Palestinian National Football Team one day after Netanyahu promised FIFA to facilitate travel of Palestinian athletes


The following was sent out by the Palestine Football Association earlier today:

Letter to FIFA: Israeli Forces Delay Palestinian National Football Team

May 21, 2015

This evening Israeli Forces delayed the Palestinian National Football Team at the Allenby/Al Karamah Crossing, the only international border for Palestinians living in the Occupied West Bank. The national team was on its route to Tunisia as part of their preparation for its upcoming official matches.

This new Israeli violation occurred less than 24 hours after Mr. Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, left Israel and Palestine, having received a commitment from Israeli PM Mr. Netanyahu about facilitating the travel of Palestinian athletes. The Israeli Football Association, as usual when Palestinian athletes are harassed by Israeli Forces, haven’t issued any condemnation.

Please find below the letter sent by the head of the Palestine Football Association Gen. Jibril Rajoub to FIFA President Mr. Sepp Blatter on this new Israeli violation against Palestinian sports. Attached is a picture of the team at the Israeli Control.

Date: 21/5/2015

Ref: X-Pob/2015/156

Mr. Joseph Blatter

Fédération Internationale de Football Association

Subject: VIP escort for Palestinian Footballers on the border

Dear President,
Dear Brother

I hope you had the time to rest after your trip to our region and the busy schedule of meetings with both the Palestinian and Israeli sides.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the Israeli Government’s promise to facilitate the movement of our players is having its first test as I am writing this letter. Our National team, which is heading for Tunisia for a training camp, has been delayed at the Allenby crossing point by the Israeli authorities.

Player Sameh Maraabah has been detained by the Israeli authorities for two hours now, and the team has decided it will not leave without him.

The implications of this incident can only confirm the PFA’s position on the promises given by the Israeli Government; that they are only words unless they are included in solution that can only come through, and be guaranteed by the FIFA congress.

Sincerely Yours

Jibril Rajoub


Palestine Football Association

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28 Responses

  1. echinococcus on May 22, 2015, 2:26 am

    Very significant, as this is the latest “fuck you, World”, coming on the heels of a few months of deliberate provocation internationally, and the latest government composition that reads like a Who’s Who of the top Neo-Nazis in the world, all spiced with open expressions of contempt for all possible rules and fig leaves. If WWII history is any guide (possibly not –I hope not) that might signal the start of a now entirely outspoken doctrine ( to say nothing of accelerated practice) of genocide.

  2. Marnie on May 22, 2015, 3:29 am

    Banning Israel from FIFA is the only thing to do. They will continue to violate the rights of Palestinian athletes, no matter how many promises they make to the contrary. Do everything possible to shame the zionist state for their lies and abuses. I realize it’s a long shot, but I believe N’y’hoo is daring anyone to stop it, anyone (yes that includes you Mr. Blatter). Why is it that everyone who deals with the zionist state ends up looking like Neville Chamberlain?

  3. talknic on May 22, 2015, 4:13 am

    Israel keeps banging nails into its coffin.

    • ziusudra on May 22, 2015, 5:45 am

      Greetings talknic,
      The process of modernization of the Hebrew Dictionary in 1922 didn’t have any use for such unkocher Terms as Democracy or Apartheid.
      PS Oy, a young language needs more than 93 yrs to catch up, after all it hadn’t been in use since 200BC up to1922AD. I’m sure one can find them in Aramean or Egyptian.

  4. DoubleStandard on May 22, 2015, 8:12 am

    They were delayed for 2 hours lol. They were let in.

    • talknic on May 22, 2015, 8:22 am

      @ DoubleStandard

      “They were delayed for 2 hours … “

      Why were they delayed at all?

      • a blah chick on May 22, 2015, 8:54 am

        “Why were they delayed at all?”

        I have notices this about the Israeli government, particularly in the past decade, how they increasingly resort to cheap showboating pettiness to get back at Palestinan uppityness. I seem to recall a West bank prison uprising that the Israelis put down and at the end of which they would only let the guards leave after they were made to strip to their underwear and run out. And there were plenty of pictures taken.

        People comfortable with their power and position do not feel the need to engage in these kinds of mind games.

      • Kris on May 22, 2015, 10:56 am

        talknic: “Why were they delayed at all?”

        Why do Israeli Jews prevent Palestinian students from taking up their scholarships in universities abroad?

        Why do Israeli Jews humiliate Palestinians at checkpoints?

        Why do Israeli Jews harrass Palestinians children who are walking to school?

        Why do Israeli Jewish soldiers break the sinks and toilets in Palestinian homes, and shit in the bathtubs and beds?

        Because they are sociopaths.

      • CigarGod on May 22, 2015, 11:04 am

        What is the Palestinian word for Kristallnacht?

      • ritzl on May 22, 2015, 2:41 pm

        Well observed, a blah chick. It’s like a 2-year old denied candy. Somebody is going to pay via some kind of tantrum.

        Me. Me. ME!

        Only these aren’t 2-year olds. Weird.

    • CigarGod on May 22, 2015, 9:22 am

      They were starved, tortured, bombed for 2 hours lol. Then they stopped.

      You will never score a goal with logic like that, DoubleStandard.

    • chocopie on May 22, 2015, 10:27 am

      No, they were let out. They were on their way to Tunisia.

  5. btbLondon on May 22, 2015, 10:15 am

    Which part of ‘Israeli discrimination’ does FIFA not understand?

  6. amigo on May 22, 2015, 11:56 am

    Football Rules in Palestine!

    Rule 1: Israelis have the right to play on both sides of the court, but Palestinians can only play on their own side.

    Rule 2: For security reasons Palestinians do not have the right to pass the ball between players, the ball could hit an Israeli player.

    Rule 3: There will be no basket on the Israeli side.

    Rule 4: Israel is allowed to shoot at any time even during

    Rule 5: Palestinians are not allowed to have supporters. Only Israelis should be supported.

    Rule 6: Israel selects the sports press writers and what they report.

    Rule 7: Israel encourages Palestinians to shoot into the Palestinian basket. Players who refuse will be nominated as terrorists and will not be allowed to play.

    Rule 8: Palestinian players are allowed to leave the field, but cannot return. One exception: A Palestinian can be replaced by an Israeli!

    Rule 9: Israel selects and instructs the referees, and tells them when to look away.

    Rule 10: Israel selects the captain of the Palestinian team.

    Rule 11: Israeli faults and Palestinian good plays will not be shown on TV.

    Rule 12: Israel takes the money which sponsors pay to Palestinians clubs.

    Rule 13: Only Israeli players get refreshments.

    Rule 14: Palestinians are required to play, when and where designated by Israel.

    Rule 15: Rules only apply to Palestinians; Israelis may change the rules during the game and are not required to advise the Palestinians of the changes

    • Kris on May 22, 2015, 12:14 pm

      Moderators– Amigo’s post here, “Football Rules in Palestine,” is brilliant!

      Could you please publish it as a brief article on mondoweiss, so it will be easier to share on facebook?

    • just on May 22, 2015, 12:23 pm

      Well done, talknic.

      There’s a few more rules.

      Palestinian footballers must be willing to be shot in the feet/legs or killed.

      Little Palestinian boys playing football can be murdered on the beach. Their families need not complain.

      • just on May 22, 2015, 12:53 pm

        I meant kudos to amigo! Sincere apologies. It happens when jumping from thread to thread.

        (though talknic does deserve many kudos as well!)

    • btbLondon on May 22, 2015, 12:48 pm

      While the rules well describe the relation of Israel to Palestine they are, in detail, rules for basket ball not football.

    • Boo on May 22, 2015, 4:41 pm

      Re your Rule 5: Israeli players don’t need supporters — they have nothing there to support.

    • amigo on May 23, 2015, 11:43 am
  7. ritzl on May 22, 2015, 2:46 pm

    This why the notoriety, pass or fail, of this FIFA motion and vote is so important. The Israelis did this the very next f’ng day.

    This is shows the world, at the most popular level, how Israel operates in all things. Their words are meaningless, and they simply are NOT going to change their vindictive and/or duplicitous behavior. Not no way, not no how.

    I hope the committee voting on this is 65% non-Euro FAs. The vote might have a chance.

  8. ritzl on May 22, 2015, 4:19 pm

    And how are any Palestinian supporters supposed to go to Zurich to support their team?

    From the Israeli perspective, they should be encouraged to go — all the more “absentee” property to seize.

    Brilliant idea, Sepp.

  9. JimMichie on May 22, 2015, 5:24 pm


  10. vikramsingh on May 25, 2015, 2:20 pm

    none of the correct are there in the world.

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