RCIR reports Petition results to FIFA and summarises the case against the IFA

RCIR reports Petition results to FIFA and summarises the case against the IFA

The following letter has been sent to Mr Blatter, copied to all members of the Executive Committee.

Dear Mr Blatter

Petition to FIFA signed by 20,849 persons

By 1800 hrs BST on Sunday 25th May 2015 twenty thousand eight hundred and forty nine persons (20,849) persons in over 100 countries had signed the statement (see petition website):

I call on FIFA to suspend membership of the Israeli Football Association until Israel respects the human rights of Palestinians and observes international law, thus enabling Palestinian footballers to play and compete nationally and internationally.

This supports the proposal of the Palestinian Football Association to be debated and voted on at the 64th FIFA Congress in Zurich on 29 May 2015.

With respect to that vote we consider that:

  • The PFA proposal’s fundamental concern is the human rights of Palestinians, not politics
  • It would be procedurally improper not to debate and vote on the full PFA proposal.
  • The IFA has trespassed on the role of the PFA, e.g. by allowing five settlement clubs to play in Israeli leagues, in contravention of Statute 17.1.
  • The IFA has contravened FIFA Statute 3 by failing to contain discrimination and racism within Israeli, e.g. at Beitar Jerusalem football club and in the Al Shomoron youth leagues.
  • Restrictions on movements of Palestinian players are partly the responsibility of the IFA as the borderline between state and the IFA is blurred. The IFA assumed the responsibility of negotiating on behalf of Israel in the FIFA Task Force; it has called on the whole Israeli diplomatic corps to aid its defence; it is supervised by the State Comptroller, as all government departments;  it is financed in part by the state.  Therefore to all intents and purposes the IFA acts as a state institution.  Importantly, behind these technical points lies a moral imperative: it is not right for one country which stops another playing football to be part of the world brotherhood of sport.

We look to FIFA to give a lead to its delegates to support FIFA’s Statutes by accepting the PFA proposal.

cc FIFA Executive Committee members

Mr

Issa HAYATOU Senior   Vice President, FIFA

Mr

Jim BOYCE Vice   President, FIFA

Mr

Michel D’HOOGHE UEFA  representative at FIFA

Mr

Jilong ZHANG AFC   representative at FIFA

Mr

Jacques ANOUMA CAF   representative at FIFA

Mr

Theo ZWANZIGER UEFA  representative at FIFA

Mr

Rafael SALGUERO CONCACAF  representative at FIFA

Mr

Vitaly MUTKO UEFA  representative at FIFA

Mr

 VALCKE VALCKE Secretary   General, FIFA

Sheikh

Salman   bin Ebrahim Al   Khalifa President,   Asian Football Confederation

Mr

Issa Hayatou President,   Confédération Africaine de Football

Mr

Jeffrey Webb President,   Cayman Islands Football Association

Sr

Juan   Angel Napout President,   CONMEBOL

Mr

David Chung President,   Oceania Football Confederation

Mr

Mohamed RAOURAOUA CAF   representative at FIFA

Ms

Moya DODD AFC   representative at FIFA

Mr

Marco Polo DEL NERO CONMEBOL   representative at FIFA

Mr

Lydia NSEKERA CAF   representative at FIFA

Mr

Jeffrey WEBB CONCACAF  representative at FIFA

Mr

Luis BEDOYA CONMEBOL   representative at FIFA

Mr

Marios LEFKARITIS UEFA  representative at FIFA

Mr

Hany ABO RIDA CAF   representative at FIFA

Mr

Michel PLATINI UEFA  representative at FIFA

Prince

Ali BIN AL   HUSSEIN AFC   representative at FIFA

Mr

David CHUNG AFC   representative at FIFA

Mr

Ángel María VILLAR   LLONA UEFA  representative at FIFA

Mr

Worawi MAKUDI AFC   representative at FIFA

Mr

Senes ERZIK UEFA  representative at FIFA

Mr

BIEN   AIME BIEN   AIME CONCACAF  representative at FIFA

Mr

Eugenio FIGUEREDO CONMEBOL   representative at FIFA

Mr

Sunil GULATI CONCACAF  representative at FIFA

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