The following text was published by a spokesperson of the Palestinian FA.
Much has been said about the Palestine Football Association’s proposal to the FIFA 65th Congress to suspend the membership of the Israeli Football Association in FIFA…Some have applauded the Palestinians’ withdrawal of the suspension, while others wooed the Palestinians for not grasping a “golden opportunity” to “kick Israeli racism out of football”
Whatever was said about the reasons behind the “amendment” of the Palestinian proposal made fertile ground for speculation, since said amendment came unexpected for many. The representatives of the 208 other FIFA member associations who voted yes on the amendment where confused by some parties’ attempts to confuse what has been voted, which was presented (By the PFA delegation) to the Chair of said Congress in writing, well before General Rajoub’s speech.
What many do not know is the fact that the Palestine Football Association was not out there to settle personal vendettas. The suspension -or even expulsion- of Israel from world soccer was never a stand-alone objective; it was the only means the Palestinians had in a world where “The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must” to get the world of football involved in its duty to lift the suffering of Palestinian footballers
The Palestinians had 3 items they wanted resolved:
1- The freedom of movement for players &officials (both Palestinian and international) in, out of and within Palestine, including east Jerusalem. This includes the import and export of sport goods, and the ability to build, maintain football infra structure.
2- That all Israeli football activities in Israeli illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territories be banned.
3- That FIFA investigate racism and discrimination in Israeli soccer
Many friends of the Palestine FA supported these issues and declared they will vote for them, if the “suspension” was suspended in the proposal. The Palestinian amended their proposal and tied the suspension to the failure in adherence with the correspondent FIFA articles
But, as if to prove Thucydides’ saying -of two millennia ago- right there were parties intent on tilting the scales for the advantage of the strong, probably because it was more rewarding…