The discussions between FIFA and the PFA, brought forward to Wednesday 20th May2015 ended with the PFA holding the line against FIFA and Israeli pressure to withdraw the motion to suspend the IFA. FIFA appears not to want to adopt a democratic process. Reuters reports that FIFA proposed new arrangements for movements of players between Gaza and the West Bank; even if they Israelis were trustworthy this would put other Palestinians at a disadvantate and there were no comments about other PFS demands. It will be far more effective to suspend the IFA and then re-admit when they have proved they can take the actions demanded. Among the most recent articles addressing the result of the meetings are:
These report that the Israelis repeat their mantra that the IFA is not responsible for restricting movements of Palestinian footballers, but don’t admit to the 2009 Knesset statement that the IFA is a public or state institution. It reports to the State Comptroller and is financed in part by the state. It appears to be an example of a “GONGO” or government organised non-governmental organisation where an apparently independent organisation is used to progress a government policy – in this case to hide the Israeli’s state racism (apartheid according to the UN definition).
Earlier analyses included:
Guardian: Peter Beaumont: Israel faces Fifa suspension over claims it discriminates against Palestinians World news | The Guardian and Jibril Rajoub: Israeli football cannot continue as a vehicle to legitimise racism | Jibril Rajoub |Comment is free | The Guardian
Mondoweiss: Annie Robbins International calls rise for FIFA to suspend Israel – Mondoweiss
Haaretz: Gideon Levy Time for FIFA to show Israel the red card – Opinion – Israel News | Haaretz and Uzi Dan http://www.haaretz.com/life/sports/.premium-1.656175#
The Nation: Dave Zirin Israel and Palestine Agree: Keep Politics Out of Soccer | The Nation