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.
“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.