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“Expulsion…….might be the only way to bring a change” according to Uzi Dann, the international sports editor of Haaretz, an Israel newspaper, quoted in an Al Jazeera article by Sohail Malik: Should Israel be kicked out of FIFA?    Dann is quoted as saying “from my experience, only threats and pressure can solve this problem. Since this is a …

The petition to suspend the Israeli FA from FIFA has now achieved more than 10,000 supporters since its launch almost 6 weeks ago.  The RCIR campaign thanks everyone for their support.  Palestinians will greatly welcome this recognition of their repression by Israeli authorities.  We will continue to collect support from around the world to present …

In reply to the RCIR campaign’s letter to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, Secretary General Jerome Valcke sent the following reply.  The line of argument is understandable and the campaign challenged it subsequently – see the post on 14 May 2014.  Mr Valke’s reply is as follows: Dear Sir, We thank you for your correspondence dated …

Further to our report in the 15 February post, the young Abu Dis footballers Johar and Adam who were shot in the legs by Israeli soldiers are still in hospital. Hundreds of get-well signatures gathered by CADFA (Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association) were delivered to them in hospital yesterday by our women visitors en route …

David Zirin has added to his last article (see 3 March post) with some serious revelations concerning Western Press:  “the assumption of mendacity affixed to Palestinian sources spoke volumes”!  Success for Israeli PR!  The article is published in  http://www.thenation.com/blog/178765/red-line-fifa-israel-violence-and-whats-left-palestinian-soccer  and is given here in full. Last week, Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the US State Department, was asked if she had …

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 …

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