Annie Robbins reports an exchange at the US State Dept Daily Press Briefing in an article in Mondoweiss concerning Israeli aggression against Palestinian sportspersons . The questioning was not exactly incisive nor the answers complete, but the exchange is on the record and hopefully the State Department can be made to follow this up.
QUESTION: I know you had addressed the excessive use of force in the occupied territories by Israeli soldiers in your Human Rights Report.
MS. [Jen] PSAKI: Mm-hmm.
QUESTION: But there was a report that Israeli soldiers at checkpoints are targeting Palestinian soccer players, that they shoot them in the legs and so on. A number of them have been sent to hospitals. Do you have any comment on that or are you aware?
MS. PSAKI: I haven’t seen that. Obviously, we spoke to our concerns, again, in the same Human Rights Report about certain actions and behavior.
QUESTION: Right. Okay. (Inaudible) because FIFA – I think FIFA has warned Israel that it might –
MS. PSAKI: I will check that out. Thanks, everyone.
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