May 2017

Hugh Lovatt and Martin Konecny have castigated FIFA in this article in Middle East Eye:  http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/fifa-has-three-options-deal-israeli-settlement-clubs-only-one-legitimate-821972348 They conclude that FIFA must observe FIFA rules and follow the UN consensus.  “if no governments are willing to treat settlements as part of Israel, maybe FIFA can be used to set a precedent” they note.  “As a sports organisation, …

The Nation published a good comment on recent events.  The full text is given below or through the link FIFA Punts on Palestine and Fouls Its Own Bylaws For Palestinians across the globe, May 15 marked “The Nakba,” loosely translated as the “the catastrophe.” This is the day to memorialize the 1948 mass displacement of 700,000 …

The following update was posted this afternoon by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) at https://bdsmovement.net/news/fifa-president-hijacks-vote-israeli-settlements-continues-violations-fifa-statutes: May 11, 2017 — Palestinians accuse FIFA President Gianni Infantino of corruption and nepotism after he blocked the Palestinian Football Association’s motion at today’s FIFA Congress. The motion demanded that the Israeli Football …

Without precedence in recent time, perhaps ever, the Israeli Football Association officials turned up for the FIFA Council meeting accompanied by a cohort of Israeli diplomats focused on persuading FIFA to drop the settlement club discussion. Prior to that, on 5 May, Israeli president Netanyahu had phoned FIFA president Infantino to pressure him into ensuring that …

A letter from 174 Palestinian sports clubs was forwarded today by PACBI to member associations of the FIFA Council, copied to all other FIFA member associations. The clubs requested that FIFA “take human rights seriously by ensuring that the seven Israeli clubs based in illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)* are immediately excluded from the IFA, and suspending …

We presented letters to FA chairman Greg Clarke and Vice chairman David Gill who is also a UEFA representative on the FIFA Council.  Both they and the Head of International Relations Jane Bateman were unable to meet us,  so the letters were handed over for distribution at the reception to the head of security. Our recent communications …