The chief legal officer for an organization that monitors Middle East media contends FIFA should cease an “investigation” into claims that Israel’s soccer league is violating the rules of the sport’s international governing body, says a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
“If FIFA wishes to truly promote ‘human rights’ it should start by ending its own racist, discriminatory approach and instead kick terrorism out of football,” wrote Maurice Hirch at the website of Palestinian Media Watch.
Hirsch noted that among the agenda items at FIFA’s upcoming annual meeting is a complaint that Israel’s soccer teams play in cities that the Palestinians claim as their own.
Meanwhile, FIFA was ignoring “documented evidence that the [Palestinian league], its member clubs and its president, convicted terrorist Jibril Rajoub, incite violence and terrorism against Jews, glorify murderers of Jews, are openly racist against Jews and also ban the use of football to create a bridge for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”
WND reported in April the Federation Internationale de Football Association was asked to crack down on the promotions and glorification of terror against Israel by the Palestinian Football Association.
Palestinian Media Watch filed a formal complaint to the Disciplinary Committee of FIFA to penalize the Palestinian Football Association and its president, Jibril Rajoub, for violating league rules.
In a letter to Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, and Claudio Sulser of the disciplinary committee, PMW said the Palestinian Football Association and Rajoub “regularly and gravely breach the FIFA statutes by promoting and glorifying terrorism; inciting hatred and violence; promoting racism; and preventing the use of the game of football in order to build a bridge for peace.”
Copies of the evidence, some in Arabic, were added to the letter.
Explained PMW: “Among the evidence is documentation that every year PFA supervises the annual ‘Prince of Martyrs Abu Jihad Football Tournament,’ named after the arch-terrorist Abu Jihad. By the Palestinian Authority’s own calculations, Abu Jihad was responsible for the murder of 125 people in numerous terror attacks he planned, which include a 1978 bus hijacking in which 25 adults and 12 children were murdered.”