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On 10 March 2014 Saji Darwish was shot and killed as he walked from work across the fields in a small valley to football practice in his home village of Beitin.  The shot came from the fenced off settler-only road that crossed the valley.  The official report said that two shots had been fired, but said …

Annie Robbins reports an exchange at the US State Dept Daily Press Briefing in an article in Mondoweiss concerning Israeli aggression against Palestinian sportspersons .  The questioning was not exactly incisive nor the answers complete, but the exchange is on the record and hopefully the State Department can be made to follow this up. QUESTION: I …

David Zirin of the US The Nation has issued a very critical analysis of the Israeli shooting of two Palestinian footballers and its implications.  This post gives the article in full.  The players’ names are Jawhar Nasser Jawhar, 19, and Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17. They were once soccer players in the West Bank. Now they …

The Red Card Israel Racism campaign wrote to FIFA President Sepp Blatter on 1 March 2014 calling for the suspension of the Israeli Football Association from FIFA until Israel respects the human rights of Palestinians and observes international law.  The letter was copied to the Presidents of the six Regional Confederations and all members of the FIFA Executive …

During the Apartheid era the South African FA was excluded from FIFA membership (1964 to 1992).  The President of the Palestinian Football Association has called for expulsion of the Israeli FA.  This campaign has therefore launched a petition to FIFA: Membership of the Israeli Football Association (IFA) should be suspended until Israel respects the human …

On 31 January 2014 two young Palestinian football players were shot by Israeli forces, beaten and set upon by dogs. Significantly they were not arrested or charged.  We have two reports here, one from the Ma’n news agency and one from local sources. Ma’an News agency report  http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=673479 The Ma’an News agency  reports that on 31 January …

1 February 2014.   The Palestinian Football Association reports that Israeli forces shot tear gas grenades around Faisal al-Husseini stadium at Al Ram, just as a Pro league match was being played. The referee had to cancel the match since both players, spectators and officials could not breath.

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