August 2015

FIFA reports the first Monitoring Group meeting.  International observers from CONCACAF, CONMEBOL or the OFC are included, which is what the PFA Amendment at the Congress specified.  However, no detail was given of the Terms of Reference of the Group. http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/y=2015/m=8/news=fifa-monitoring-committee-israel-palestine-holds-first-meeting-in-zuri-2673272.html FIFA report: The FIFA Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine, comprising representatives from the Israel Football Association …

RCIR has challenged the Homelessness Football World Cup organisation to reconsider the inclusion of an Israeli team.  Israel has an utterly appalling record of creating homelessness.  Participation in this event gives the impression that Israel cares about homelessness, which couldn’t be further from the truth.   This is clear normalisation. One of RCIR’s activists has great experience in homelessness …

So much for Israeli indications just before the May 2015 Congress that they would help develop Palestinian football facilities.  Exactly the opposite has happened. The Maan News Agency reports that an Israeli court has ruled to demolish a football field and its facilities in Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem, a local committee said Thursday. The owners of …

After the nil-nil draw on Thursday 6 August in Gaza between West Bank club Al Ahli and Gazan club Shejaia, the return leg was played near Hebron on Friday 14 August.  Al Ahli triumphed by 2 – 1 and will represent Palestine in international club competitions this season. There was a delay of four hours at …

Efforts by the Palestinian FA at the May 2015 FIFA Congress to free up movements for Palestinian footballers have succeeded.  In June the Palestinian team left the West Bank unhindered for a game in Saudi Arabia.  On 4th August 2015 a West Bank team travelled to Gaza after a few days prevarication by the Israelis. …