(1) SIGN THE PETITION: “SUSPEND THE ISRAELI FA FROM FIFA   (2) READ OUR IMPORTANT FACT SHEET:  Palestine, Israel and the beautiful game 2015 (open this post to use the link)  (3) JOIN IN LEAFLETING AND DEMONSTRATIONS AT MATCHES       (1) PETITION.  The RCIR petition calls for suspension of the IFA from FIFA until Israel respects the human rights of Palestinians and …

Al Araby reports that Egyptian footballing legend Mohammad Aboutrika received a standing ovation on Sunday at the Algerian Ballon d’Or ceremony after he gave a speech in support of Palestine and Arab unity, The New Arab‘s Arabic service has reported. The retired Egypt international made the emotional pro-Palestinian speech after announcing that Leicester City’s Riyad …

Star Online reports a robust defence of boycott by the Malaysian BDS  group when local opposition was raised to a government ban on Israeli participation in an international sailing competition.    The text of Star’s report is as follows: PETALING JAYA: A pro-Palestinian group expressed concern over an opposition politician’s remarks in support of two Israeli athletes who …

FIFA issued the following Media Release on 16 December.  The FIFA Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine, under the chairmanship of Tokyo Sexwale with representatives from the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) and the Israel Football Association (IFA) led by their respective presidents Jibril Rajoub and Ofer Eini and attended by the AFC observer Sanjeevan Balasingam (AFC Director of …

Palestinian embassy in Peru and the Peruvian government mark solidarity day with a football match JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian embassy in Peru, together with the Peruvian government, on Sunday organized a football match in commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The game was played between …

In an excerpt from a forthcoming documentary “Forever Free” on Beitar Jerusalem, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin comments on the racist behaviour of Beitar Jerusalem fans.  He reports that he said to the mayors of Jerusalem “Our silence legitimises them.  Pay attention, you are the leaders of the community and the government” and then notes that “Many times they [the mayors] disregarded …

The Palestinian football team was finally forced by the security situation to play its two remaining 2018 World Cup qualifying home games at a neutral venue.  The results, one win (6-0 v Malaysia) and one draw (0-0 v Saudi Arabia), weren’t enough to keep Palestine in the competition. Earlier, FIFA had made a U-turn to …

Legal and FIFA regulatory issues relating to settlement clubs playing in Israeli leagues.  The criminality of the settlements: Every Israeli settlement within the Occupied Territories is a grave war crime under the 4th Geneva Convention, which prohibits the transfer of the occupier’s civilian population into the territory in question (https://www.icrc.org/ihl/INTRO/380). The UN Security Council acknowledged …

FIFA has reported on the second meeting of the committee, see below.  The independent members have been identified, and the topics to be discussed include the question of the legality of Israeli settlement clubs playing in Israeli leagues.  Otherwise, there has been no progress. http://www.fifa.com/governance/news/y=2015/m=10/news=fifa-monitoring-committee-israel-palestine-holds-meeting-in-tel-aviv-2708863.html Following the recent kick-off meeting in Zurich on 26 August, …

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