Arguments against allowing settlement clubs to play in Israeli leagues

Arguments against allowing settlement clubs to play in Israeli leagues

Legal and FIFA regulatory issues relating to settlement clubs playing in Israeli leagues. 

  1. The criminality of the settlements:
  1. Concerning the right of the PFA to protection of its integrity as the sole football authority on Palestinian territory:
  • FIFA’s statutes clearly stipulate this right, in particular statutes 10.1, 18.1, 2 and 84
  • During the 2015 FIFA Congress Mr Blatter declared that, in relation to the PFA’s rights, Congress was not qualified to determine the extent of Palestinian territory – he deemed it to be a political question beyond FIFA’s scope. Hence the matter was delegated to the new Monitoring Committee.
  • However, the amended proposal put to the Congress by the PFA (http://rcir.org.uk/?p=1378) stipulated that in ruling on this matter, the Monitoring Committee should make reference to UN General Assembly resolution no. 67/19 of 2012 (http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/67/19). This resolution “reaffirms the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and to independence in their State of Palestine on the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967,”and makes reference to numerous preceding resolutions issued by both the General Assembly and Security Council of the UN.
  • These UN resolutions are the only legitimate source of reference in relation to the status of the territory occupied by Israel in 1967. They are consistent and unambiguous in their message that Israeli claims on that territory have no legal basis and that Israel must therefore withdraw from all of it.
  • The PFA’s amended proposal was voted through by 90% of the Congress delegates. The actual text of the amendment was not presented to the delegates (through no fault of the PFA delegation, which had scrupulously observed the Standing Orders of Congress – see http://rcir.org.uk/?p=1428). However, Mr Rajoub made it clear in his speech that the question of the settlement clubs was to be resolved with reference to the UN, and he received resounding applause from the gathered delegates.
  • The annual Congress is FIFA’s “supreme and legislative body”. The Monitoring Committee is obliged to respect the authority of its resolutions. The decision required of the Committee in relation to the settlement clubs is therefore straightforward.

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