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In yet another demonstration of the appalling racism of  Beitar Jerusalem fans, six of Beitar’s La Familia gang members are suspects in the murder of Muhammed Abu Khudair .  The following report is from BuzzFeed on 7 July 2014.  http://www.buzzfeed.com/sheerafrenkel/the-hardline-soccer-fans-accused-of-killing-a-palestinian-te JERUSALEM – Moshe Aviram flashed a smile as he yelled “Death to Arabs” at a passing …

Orlando Crowcroft visited Gaza and published his view on football there in the Nation.   He quotes Gaza Sports Club captain Assim Abu Hassi as saying that players feel that football is the best way to put Gazans out there in the world.   http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/football-in-gaza-reprieve-or-resistance.  The full report is here. GAZA CITY.   As the sun set over the beach in Gaza …

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 …

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