Sexwale and Rajoub take the floor at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City

Sexwale and Rajoub take the floor at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City

Tokyo Sexwale started his address to the Congress by noting that it concerned a “painful part of the world”  where since the last Congress over 200 Israelis and Palestinians had died.   On movements of people and equipment he reported “marked progress” while noting that “a lot of work still needs to be done”.  On the  question of settlement clubs he noted that the question of jurisdiction was a political “hot potato” and that he needed to engage with politicians.  Interestingly he used the Israeli terminology of “Contested Areas” and “Disputed Areas” instead of the internationally recognised Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).  He has submitted a report to FIFA, and RCIR has requested a copy.

While Sexwale  had spoken to the Palestinian President, he still had to meet an Israeli Minister.  This he planned to do in the following week accompanied by FIFA President Infantino.  The latter expressed the wish to solve these problems in the near future.  He targeted reporting to the Council meeting in October.

Jibril Raoub highlighted the racism against Palestinian people and challenged the description of the OPT as disputed, referring to UN resolutions.  He emphasised that this was the fourth year in which this topic had been brought up and that “a lot of colleagues here are fed up”; a solution needed to be found.

FIFA’s video of the proceedings is at

http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=5/news=66th-fifa-congress-to-be-streamed-live-on-fifa-com-2790748.html

Sexwale starts his speech at about two hours four minutes.

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