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The following letter was sent by the European Jews for a Just Peace campaign to FIFA.  As well as repeating the basic arguments it references FIFA’s statute 3 which commits FIFA to respecting human rights.  The text of the letter is as follows: 6 January 2017                                                            To Gianni Infantino, President, FIFA                             Fatma Samoura, General Secretary, …

Vice magazine has described the origins and ethos of the Beitar Nordia football club.  “We aim to provide a voice to the silent majority who oppose La Familia, and football is a very powerful tool for this.”. The article is at https://sports.vice.com/en_uk/article/breakaway-club-beitar-nordia-are-rejecting-the-racism-of-la-familias-far-right-ultras The full text is as follows: “It is the weekend of Hannukah in …

The following letter has been sent to all members of the FIFA Council – prior to the 9-10 January 2107 meeting.  We are concerned that Israeli obfuscation will mislead Council members on what is a simple and straightforward legal and regulatory position devoid of any political content.   Red Card Israeli Racism Campaign PO Box …

Palestinians from the West Bank are barred from Gaza. So are Palestinian guests from Chile.  The Deportino Palestino football team comprising Palestinians from the longest standing community of expatriates was stopped from entering Gaza just before Christmas.  Otherwise, the team had a very successful one week visit to Palestine.  They played the national team and a Hebron “all stars” team and …

About one hundred PSC activists from Southampton demonstrating against the Israeli team the were joined by activists from Portsmouth, Brighton and London.  They displayed RCIR’s banner “Fair Play for Palestine” and the “Saints against Apartheid” banner.  The Palestinian flag was displayed inside the ground.  Unfortunately for Southampton a 1-1 draw was not good enough to get them through …

Inside World Football reports as follows after the promised meeting between Sexwale and Israeli sports minter Miri Regev.   The next step in the conflict over settlement clubs will be Consideration of Sexwale’s report by the FIFA Council at its next meeting on 9-10 January 2017. “An increasingly frustrated Tokyo Sexwale, FIFA’s top mediator in the Middle …

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