On the occasion of Gianni Infantino being elected to the presidency of FIFA, the Red Card Israeli Racism campaign wrote the following letter to him on 29 February 2016.
Dear Mr Infantino,
Congratulations – and a major challenge
On behalf of our campaign I would like to congratulate you on your election as President of FIFA. We wish you well in all your efforts, and hope that you will be able to see through the changes in governance necessary to restore FIFA’s reputation.
As you know, FIFA decided at its 65th Annual Congress in May 2015 to establish an “Israel Palestine Monitoring Committee” in order to address the concerns of Palestinians whose football has been damaged by Israeli actions. We are concerned that prevarication by Israelis will hinder progress. Please ensure that the Committee expedites all the terms of the amended resolution (see below) passed at the May Congress.
We are pleased that, for the first time for fifteen years, the Palestine Cup Final between West Bank and Gaza champions took place. This is a small but vital step forward. Yet the first leg was preceded by Israeli obstruction and since then further outrages have been committed by Israelis against Palestinian football, including shooting, tear gassing, arrests and destruction of facilities.
Palestine’s position is unique. It is the only example within FIFA of one member being hindered from playing football by another member. That reflects the unbelievable racism of the Israeli government and its influence on the Israeli Football Association.
Unless the situation changes radically in the near future, we believe that the only way to pressure Israel to drop its appalling racism and allow Palestinian football to function without hindrance will be to suspend the Israeli Football Association from FIFA.
Signed, Red Card Israeli Racism Campaign
CC Mr Marcus Kattner, Acting General Secretary
Amendment Approved At the 65thFIFA Congress, 29 May 2015
Presented by the Palestine Football Association
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:
- 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;
- 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
- 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.