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May 19, 2015 9:18 pm

Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

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FIFA head Sepp Blatter is asking Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.”

“We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter.

The center said the initiative was “redolent of the ‘Kaufen nicht bei Juden’ boycott of Jewish stores across Nazi Germany in the 1930’s.”

The group slammed Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub, saying “he has recruited one more arm against Israel, abusing FIFA as collateral damage … and vilifying the beautiful game.”

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“The PFA itself constantly glorifies terrorism, naming teams and clubs for their most notorious murderers of civilians and even a soccer pitch after Alah Khalaf, responsible for the death of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich 1972 Olympics,” read the SWC letter.

Meawhile, Blatter met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Tuesday attempting to mitigate the fraught situation, calling the issue “very serious and very unusual.”

Blatter said that while he opposed the PFA move, he could not prevent the 209-member football organization from voting on the motion.

If passed, Israel would be suspended from FIFA, which is one step above expulsion. The only other countries to be suspended from FIFA were Apartheid-era South Africa and Yugoslavia.

Blatter said Netanyahu had agreed to a “peace match” between Palestinians and Israelis, according to The Guardian.

The vote is scheduled for May 29.

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  • Otto Schiff

    Antisemitism seems to be an incurable disease.
    These bigots should have their heads examined.

  • brenrod

    the answer is to makes usre that the “palestinian” arabs are the ones who suffer and pay the most. Ban their travel in or out, including their soccer team. Decudt all damages to Israeli companies form the pal customs duties. tax west bank pal companies to create a fund to compensate the Israeli west bank cos. and if they dont pay ban all export from the west bank.

  • zadimel

    The attempt to suspend the Israeli team from FIFA in the same context of BDS by the PFA is no different from the violent boycotting of Jewish business,educational institutions,students, government workers and others in Nazi Germany during the 1930s prior to their annihilation. The Jew-hatred and extermination of their nation have been goals of both the Palestinian people and their Arab brethren since at least the 1920s. In fac, it is they who should be investigated and tossed out of FIFA.

    • M McL

      Jewish boycott of Germany 1930s triggered The Transfer Agreement (edwin black).

  • SARA RIFKA

    PERHAPS LEAVING THE JEWISH BASKETBALL TEAM OUT OF THE GAME WILL SAVE LIVES…….AND, I DO NOT AGREE THAT THIS GROUP THE ”WIESENTHAL ”,,,,,,SHOULD HAVE THE CLOUT TO MAKE DEMANDS ANY MORE THAN CITIZENS…….THIS GROUP RICH IN SOURCES AT THE BEGINNING AS ITS OWN POINT SOMETIMES

    PERHAPS WE SHOULD JUST CONTENT THAT ALL ‘MUSLIMS ARE TERRORISTS’…..WHY NOT…I DO NOT SEE VISIBLE EVIDENCE OF THM SLOWING DOWN…STOPPING AT ALL…..

    TO THOSE ‘JEWS ‘ WHOS TEACH KABBALAH TO GENTILES AND MISFITS DON’T HAVE THE NEED TO RESPOND EITHER…ITS ALL ABOUT PERSONAL RECOGNITION…..SORRY…..THERE ARE MORE JEWS THAN EVEN WEISEL WHO SUFFERED ATTROCITIES AND YET THEY DON’T REQUIRE FRONT AND CENTRE…..

    GIVE ME A ‘JEW’ WHO KEEPS THE LAWS……GIVES TO ALL…..AND HAS NOT RECOMMENDATIONS OTHER THAN TO FOLLOW THE TORAH.

    MAY THE TEAM BE SAF.

    • zg

      Are you sane?0

    • M McL

      Old Testement: a Jew who didnt practice Judaism wasn’t a Jew.

  • esther noodelman

    DISGUSTING BEHAVIOUR OF THE PFA(ARAB FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION)NOTHING NEW !! SINCE THE PFA GLORIFIES TERRORISM,WHY DOES ISRAEL NEED TO DEAL WITH THIS ILK??

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