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Without precedence in recent time, perhaps ever, the Israeli Football Association officials turned up for the FIFA Council meeting accompanied by a cohort of Israeli diplomats focused on persuading FIFA to drop the settlement club discussion. Prior to that, on 5 May, Israeli president Netanyahu had phoned FIFA president Infantino to pressure him into ensuring that …

A letter from 174 Palestinian sports clubs was forwarded today by PACBI to member associations of the FIFA Council, copied to all other FIFA member associations. The clubs requested that FIFA “take human rights seriously by ensuring that the seven Israeli clubs based in illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)* are immediately excluded from the IFA, and suspending …

We presented letters to FA chairman Greg Clarke and Vice chairman David Gill who is also a UEFA representative on the FIFA Council.  Both they and the Head of International Relations Jane Bateman were unable to meet us,  so the letters were handed over for distribution at the reception to the head of security. Our recent communications …

Professor Andreas Zimmermann, LL.M., University of Potsdam, has published a substantial legal Opinion on the “Legal status of Israeli football clubs located in the occupied Palestinian territory and ensuing legal consequences for FIFA”. He reinforces the conclusions of others:   “Israeli settlement clubs playing on occupied Palestinian territory without PFA’s consent violate FIFA Statutes. Furthermore, …

The  following letter has been sent to home nation FAs’ chairmen and also to David Gill, a UEFA representative on the FIFA Council.  Amidst the chaos around publication of the Sexwale report we urge that the FIFA Congress acts on the Palestinian motion that has been tabled. FAIR PLAY FOR PALESTINE Action at the 67th FIFA …

According to Haaretz the Israeli diplomatic service has swung into action to try to force FIFA to conform to its wishes and protect Israeli racism in football. The Haaretz article is as follows: “Israel fighting to stop FIFA from suspending settlement soccer teams. Move against six teams initiated by Palestinians, backed by FIFA Panel; Israelis …

This letter was sent to FIFA member associations. We, the Undersigned, Representing Millions, Urge You to Put Human Rights Before Politics and Expel Israeli Settlement Clubs. We write to you with regards to the seven clubs* that are participating in the official Israeli football league while being located in illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory …

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) has issued the following Media Release.  The first paragraph gives a link to the letter sent to all FIFA member associations (see adjacent post).   RCIR campaign has given strong support. https://bdsmovement.net/news/fifa-urged-organizations-representing-millions-expel-israeli-clubs-settlements: April 19, 2017 (Ramallah, Occupied Palestine) — Today, more than one hundred sports …

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