RCIR calls on FIFA to suspend IFA on recent evidence of racism

RCIR calls on FIFA to suspend IFA on recent evidence of racism

The campaign wrote to Mr Blatter as follows:

Dear Mr Blatter


Last week Salim Tuameh, captain of the National Israeli League side Bnei Brod, spoke out against increased racism in Israeli football and the racist slurs against him personally: “Tuameh is a terrorist”.  The Israeli FA (IFA) will hold a disciplinary hearing, but it took the same action over the same slurs some seven years ago.  Evidently that had no effect.

Also, regrettably, last month there were yet more chants of “death to Arabs” by Beitar Jerusalem fans at an away game against Bnei Sakhnin.

The IFA does not seem to have exercised due control over its clubs and the racism amongst fans.  It flouts FIFA’s Statute 3 concerning “non-discrimination and stance against racism”.  Therefore we believe that FIFA should sanction the IFA at the 19 December Executive Committee meeting.

There are other grounds for sanctioning the IFA.

FIFA rightly condemned the recent incursion by Israeli armed forces into the headquarters of the Palestinian Football Association.  The IFA did not condemn the raid.  The IFA is a state institution and therefore actually complicit in the actions that the Israeli state takes against Palestinian football.

At the September 2014 Philippines Peace Cup Israel prevented six Palestinian players from Gaza from competing, leaving the Palestinian squad had only three reserves.  As you know well, this is only the latest incident of many stopping players moving freely to play football.

Uniquely, within the FIFA family, one country, Israel, stops another, Palestine, from playing football.  Therefore at the 19 December Executive Committee meeting we propose that you sanction the Israeli FA with suspension until Israel observes international law and respects the human rights of Palestinians.

Football must take the lead in fighting racism.

Yours sincerely,

Red Card Israeli Racism campaign

CC Members of FIFA’s Executive Committee

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