RCIR calls on FIFA to treat Palestine with integrity

RCIR calls on FIFA to treat Palestine with integrity

The following letter was sent by RCIR to all FIFA member associations calling on them to ensure that the terms of the PFA’s Amendment are respected.

FIFA: Treat Palestine with Integrity
 
On 29th May FIFA Congress voted overwhelmingly to pursue the key demands of the Palestinian Football Association. These are:
·         freedom of movement
·         investigation of the racist practices of the Israel Football Association
·         resolution of the status of Israeli clubs operating on Palestinian territory
·         implementation of the above to be monitored by a multi-lateral committee of international observers
But during the Congress a very different set of measures was displayed to the delegates on the large screen (see appendix 2) without any explanation of its contents. It was a list of proposals made by Israel which made no mention of investigating racist practices or of resolving the status of clubs on Palestinian territory. By contrast, the text of the PFA’s amended proposal (appendix 1) was not made available to the delegates.
FIFA has declared that the Congress agreed to set up a Monitoring Committee (information by email in appendix 3).  According to FIFA this committee will assess the implementation of the measures that were previously agreed”. But the measures that it lists are the very same Israeli proposals that were displayed during the Congress. They have never been agreed by the Palestinian FA nor by FIFA delegates other than the Israeli delegates.
FIFA also says that the prospective committee will have only three members (representing FIFA, the IFA and PFA – as proposed by Israel). This is not the multi-lateral committee of international observers proposed by Palestine, indeed it looks like a resurrection of the previous FIFA Task Force which was unable to secure positive change.
It seems to us that Congress procedures have been abused, and that FIFA is now pursuing the interests of one member (Israel) to the detriment of another. This can only result in stalemate and continued sporting injustices. FIFA must instead treat Palestine with integrity and respect the decision of its own Congress.
We urge you to use your influence to defend the decision of the FIFA Congress that all future work be undertaken on the basis of the amended proposal approved by 90% of delegates. In particular, FIFA must:
  • establish a genuinely broad-based monitoring committee of international observers able to exercise independent judgment 
  • ensure that all the PFA’s key concerns are addressed.
Thank you for your attention.
Yours sincerely,
Red Card Israeli Racism campaign
Appendix 1 
May 29, 2015
Amendment to the Proposal Presented by the Palestine Football Association
for Approval During the 65thFIFA Congress   
In order to end the suffering and discrimination of our Palestinian football family at the hands of the illegal and racist occupation of our land, we have presented a proposal for a final solution.  After several meetings with Mr. Blatter, Mr. Valkce, and representatives from different confederations and associations, with the aim to facilitate the feasibility and implementation of our proposal, we have made the following clarification.
The proposal stipulates 3 main concerns of the PFA in regards of IFA violations of FIFA Statutes, including:
1.    Restrictions of Palestinian rights for the freedom of movement.  Players and football officials both within and outside the borders of the occupied State of Palestine, have been systematically restricted from their right to free movement, and continue to be hindered, limited, and obstructed by a set of unilateral regulations arbitrarily and inconsistently implemented. This constitutes a direct violation by IFA of Article 13.3 of the FIFA Statute, specifically in relation to Article 13.1(i) and its correspond articles in UEFA rules;
2.    The continued racism and discriminatory behaviour of IFA officials and clubs in direct violation of not only the principles of FIFA, (including FIFA’s no-tolerance policy against racism and discrimination) but specifically in violation of Article 3 of the FIFA Statute and corresponding UEFA rules; and
3.    The grave concern over at least five Israeli clubs located in illegal settlements in the occupied State of Palestine.  The presence of the Israeli clubs, located in territory recognized by the international community as part of the State of Palestine, constitutes a direct violation of Articles 83 and 84 of the FIFA Statutes, including relevant UEFA rules.
As a viable and effective resolution to the above issues and violations of FIFA Statutes, it is proposed that:
 ·       FIFA will appoint a multi-lateral monitor group to work directly under the rules of the FIFA Ethics, Legal, and Discrimination committees, and will be composed of International Observers;
 ·       The monitor group will ensure the freedom of the PFA to develop its activities at the highest level possible, and be in accordance with FIFA requirements and standards, with special attention to Article 3 of FIFA Statutes and under FIFA’s objectives as described in article 2 of the said Statutes;
 ·       The monitor group will supervise the possible infringement of FIFA rules by IFA and their clubs, with special attention to Article 3 of FIFA Statutes;
 ·       The Congress, if approved by a majority as established under Article 27.6 of FIFA Statutes, and based on its prerogatives under article 14.1 of the said Statutes, will act in accordance with Articles 83.2 and 84 of FIFA Statutes. If shown to be true that these Israeli teams discussed are based on, and playing out of occupied Palestinian lands, the Israeli Football Association will face the consequences of Article 14.1 in relation to Articles 13.1 and 13.2, ; and
·        In order to prove the territorial issue, which will be the basis for any measures implemented by FIFA statutes, FIFA will request the United Nations to officially notify FIFA of UN General Assembly Resolution 67/19.
Appendix 2
On-screen text displayed during Congress item 15.1
 
15.1
Proposal by the Palestinian Football Association for the
suspension of the Israel Football Association
Suggested Solutions
1. to create a three-party working group (to be composed of the Israeli and Palestinian authorities and a representative of FIFA) that would meet monthly to clarify and resolve issues
2. on the issue of freedom of movement of Palestinian and foreign players and officials within, in and out of the Palestinian territories – to introduce football IDs for the Palestinian football players and officials and to have a dedicated person at the checkpoints to facilitate and speed up the process(to be implemented under the supervision of the Israeli Sports Minister)
3. on the issue of football equipment donated by football bodies – to work on a possible solution for tax exemption on all football donations
4. on the issue of building football facilities and carrying out football-related activitiesin the Palestinian territories – to establish a joint Israeli-Palestinian football monitoring group headed by FIFA to facilitate the process
Appendix 3 
Email received by Red Card Israeli Racism Campaign and email request to FIFA
 
3a        Email received by Red Card Israeli Racism Campaign
From: Media Office (FIFA) [mailto:media@fifa.org]
Sent:15 June 2015 14:36 To:  RCIR.  Subject: FW: PFA Amendment at 65th FIFA Congress
The FIFA Congress agreed to establish a FIFA Monitoring Committee composed of a representative of the PFA and the IFA and overseen by FIFA.
This new body will guide and facilitate contact between the two associations and assess the implementation of the measures that were previously agreed, namely:
1)         Three-party working group (composed of the Israeli and Palestinian authorities and a representative of FIFA) that would meet monthly to clarify and solve the issues
2)         On the issue of the freedom of movement of Palestinian and foreign players and officials within, in and out of the Palestinian territories – to introduce football IDs for the Palestinian football players and officials and to have a dedicated person at the checkpoints to facilitate and speed up the process (to be implemented under the supervision of the Israeli Sports Minister)
3)         On the issue of the import of football equipment donated by football bodies – to work on a possible solution for tax exemption on all football donations
4)         On the issue related to building football facilities and carrying out football related activities in the Palestinian territories – the FIFA Monitoring Committee will also facilitate this process
If you wish to quote FIFA, please simply quote a FIFA spokesperson.
Best regards,
FIFA Media department
Enquiries: media@fifa.org Tel.: +41-(0)43-222 7272    www.FIFA.com
Twitter: @fifamedia    YouTube/FIFAtv
3b        Email sent to FIFA by Red Card Israeli Racism Campaign
From: RCIR   Sent:Freitag, 12. Juni 2015 18:14 To:Media Office (FIFA) Subject:PFA Amendment at 65th FIFA Congress
To: The Media Division, FIFA, Zurich, Switzerland.
Dear Sirs,
Please can you forward to me or put on your website the full Amendment proposed by the Palestinian FA and passed by 90% of the delegates?
The video of the Congress proceedings showed on screen four “suggested solutions”.  However, the first of these suggested solutions seemed to contradict a key aspect of the PFA Amendment, viz.:  that the Monitoring Committee should comprise “independent observers” working under the “rules of FIFA’sEthics, Legal, and Discrimination committee”.
 Please can you confirm that the terms of the PFA Amendment will form the basis of all future work?
Yours,
Red Card Israeli Racism campaign
PO Box BM PSA, London, WC1N 3XX, United Kingdom,

 

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