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Jubilant crowds welcomed Adam and Johar home in Abu Dis after their release from prison on 17 June 2014 after almost three months of incarceration (reference posts 30 April and 15 February).  When it’s available further information will be put on the website of the Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association: www.camdenabudis.net/.

FIFA Congress on 10-11 June 2014.   We give here the text of the address by PFA President Jibril Rajoub and the Reuters report on the proceedings.  This video link records the full proceedings  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZVvHyl0I-E,  with Rajoub’s speech starting at minute 16.30. Sepp Blatter identified the Israeli government as the key player.   He said that “its co-operation is crucial” …

These excellent articles highlight Palestinian football’s predicament.   The first from Julie Couzanet entitled “Will FIFA free our sons?’: International football associations discuss the Israeli occupation ahead of the World Cup” includes telling testimony from Palestinian FA International Affairs Director Susan Shalabi.  The second from Annie Robbins, “Tell FIFA to dump Israel now, urges international campaign”  highlights the international campaigns …

As the FIFA Congress gets underway in Brazil ahead of the World Cup, let’s take to twitter to send the message that human rights violations have no place in football.   Uzi Dann, international sports editor of Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz said on 18 April 2014 “From my experience, only threats and pressure will force the Israeli government …

Sepp Blatter’s recent claim that football should be kept separate from politics was kicked into touch during a series of events staged by Amnesty International in London 6 to 8 June 2014. Timed to immediately precede the World Cup in Brazil, the organisation’s Sidelines festival http://www.amnesty.org.uk/events/sidelines-football-film-festival at the Hackney Picturehouse showcased films and discussions on …

There will be conflict at FIFA’s Annual Congress on 10-11 June over how to support Palestinian football and what sanctions to take against the Israel Football Association (IFA) . Our petition to suspend the IFA has over 12,000 signatures at the latest count. Blatter’s recent assertions have been misleading. Annual Congress.  The FIFA established “Israel …

Today Red Card Israeli Racism’s petition was handed in at the FIFA offices in Zurich.  The latest count is over 12,000 signatories:  http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/fifa-suspend-the-israeli-football-association-s-fifa-membership. The petition calls on FIFA to suspend membership of the Israeli Football Association until Israel respects the human rights of Palestinians and observes international law, thus enabling Palestinian footballers to play and compete nationally and internationally. It is …

Palestine’s soccer team won the Asia Challenge Cup on Friday in a match against the Philippines, securing its place in the AFC Asia Cup that will be held in January next year in Australia.  This is the first time Palestine’s national team has qualified for a major international tournament since the establishment of the Palestine Football Federation …

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