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July 9, 2013 12:32 pm
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Netanyahu Shows FIFA President How Hamas Uses Football Fields to Launch Missiles at Israel (VIDEO)

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Kiryat Eliezer Stadium in Haifa, Israel during a soccer match. Photo: wiki commons.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday met personally with FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter to show him how Hamas uses football fields to attack Israel, the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser said in a statement.

In response to comments Blatter made during his visit to Israel, the Prime Minister decided to show him concrete evidence of how football fields are used as bases by Hamas for launching rockets at civilian populations in Israel.

Netanyahu presented photographs showing missiles being launched at Israel from the heart of civilian populations in Gaza. The aerial shots from November 16, 2012 show Fajr-5 missile launch sites in the Gaza football stadium. A photograph of a building that was hit by missiles in Rishon Lezion and a video clip that was taken by civilians on March 10, 2012, which shows a football match between Be’er Sheva and Um Al-Fahm being suddenly halted due to rocket fire in the stadium area, was also shown.

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“This is a double war crime. You’re firing on civilians and you’re hiding behind civilians,” the Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also referred to recent media interviews by Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub in which the latter said that if the Palestinians had an atomic bomb, they would have already used it on Israel and that Israel is the enemy of the “Palestinian people.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel was asking that FIFA give it fair play and not allow itself and the sport to be used for the dissemination of mendacious propaganda against Israel.

Below is a video of PM Netanyahu showing the evidence to FIFA’s Blatter.

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  • Joshua Levitt

    According to FIFA, at a press conference in Jerusalem, the FIFA President stated:

    “I’m very happy that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened his doors to receive me and my delegation, as well as the delegation of the Israel Football Association – including President Avi Luzon and Secretary General Ori Shilo this morning. This is a sign that my mandate is of national interest.

    “I explained to him the content of the mandate I’ve been given by the FIFA Congress in May. In a nutshell: to ease the movements of teams, referees – but also football equipment – in and out of and within Palestine.

    “I’ve asked for the Prime Minister’s help and he said yes, but with truth and fair-play. He also asked me to help him so that football is not used as a political tool.

    “I’ve suggested that FIFA organises a Task Force with the Presidents of FIFA, UEFA, AFC and the Football Associations of Israel and Palestine. This proposal was welcomed by the Prime Minister. The Task Force will meet in Zurich before the next meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee in October.

    “FIFA – and me personally – will continue to work on this dossier. We will keep you informed about the next steps.”

  • Ken Kelso

    Its not only football fields, Hamas fires missiles behind schools, mosques, hospitals and every other area civilians are in.

    Hamas fires rockets from a school praying that Israel returns fire and kill some of it’s children.
    Thats Gaza today. The Arabs are the only people in the world that go out day by day figuring ways to get their children to die in front of the world press.

    As Golda Meir said.
    “We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”

  • Luigi Rosolin

    FIFA should banned and impose a huge penalty to the Palestinian Football Association as they action are opposed to the FIFA regulation.

  • William Grubbs

    Why does the US support the Syrian Rebels when Hamas is part of those Rebels? Doesn’t Obama realize that Hamas will use those chemicals weapons against Israel? Thank you, Willam Grubbs Rowland Heights, CA, USA

    • John Smith

      Actually, it’s a double whammy in that case. Hezbollah is allied with Bashar Al-Assad and Hamas, while they do support the rebels, is not actively fighting in the civil war. I doubt the rebels could send chemical weapons to Gaza without the Israelis knowing.

  • daniela lowinger

    and what was Blatter answer??

    • Luigi Rosolin

      Yes, I like to know what FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter comment or will do.

    • Faith Bouzaglo

      Good question…..

    • Mel

      If anything like the attitude displayed by most U.N. diplomats, he turned to Bibi and emptied his ‘Blatter.’

    • Gee

      His answer was that he didn’t care – Israel must let in any ‘Palestinian’ that claims to be on a team regardless of anything else.

      He simply doesn’t care how many Israelis die

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