October 2017

A good summary of the FIFA (in)action is reproduced here from Andrew Warshaw’s article in Inside World Football: http://www.insideworldfootball.com/2017/10/31/exclusive-fifa-ignored-100-sexwale-report-killing-off-israel-palestine-talks/ “The full extent to which FIFA washed its hands of football’s Israeli-Palestinian impasse by throwing out a detailed report  from its chief mediator for the region can today be exposed. Insideworldfootball has seen a copy of …

The Palestinian FA’s response to the FIFA Council’s 27 October action on the Sexwale report was strong and uncompromising. It denounced the decision by the FIFA Council to remain neutral regarding Israeli teams located in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.  Jibril Rjoub, head of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA), said in a press conference on Sunday …

Human Rights Watch came out with a strong statement disputing FIFA’s claims. Human Rights Watch had documented the case of the violations by Jewish settlement clubs in a 2016 report entitled: “FIFA sponsoring games on seized lands.” Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch director in Palestine and Israel, told Arab News that his organization is “incredibly …

The Palestinian News and Information Agency reports: President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party said “the decision constitutes another big scandal for FIFA that is no less than the corruption scandals revealed some months ago, and it is even reasonable to assume that it might be linked to those scandals, especially in light of the acceptance by …

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi strongly criticized the FIFA “neutrality” decision.  The following comments were reported by the Palestine News and Information Agency. “There is no neutrality in the face of criminality. The FIFA Council’s recent decision to ‘not take any position’ is disturbing proof that it is bowing to pressure …

FIFA President Gianni Infantino published the following statement at the FIFA Council meeting of 27 October 2017.  RCIR’s and others comments are given in subsequent posts.  Note that this apparently ends the activities of the Monitoring Committee.  Following the report submitted by the FIFA Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine chaired by Tokyo Sexwale and after a thorough …

The following statement was issued today by Red Card Israeli Racism.  It was transmitted to all thirty five member associations of the FIFA Council and issued as a Media Release. FIFA Council has today adopted a position with regard to Israel’s illegal settlement-based clubs that is characterised by criminality, cynicism and an abandonment of FIFA’s own …

The following was issued today by Avaaz: FIFA will face legal challenges after officially deciding to refrain from taking action on Israeli settlement teams, thus allowing them to continue holding games in illegal settlements built on stolen land in the West Bank. The FIFA Council’s failure to take action after years of pressure from campaigners …

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