Thursday, July 6, 2017

FIFA Supporting Terrorism? Past Time to Permanently Red Card Rajoub - by A. Z. Mohamed

...In a world rocked by jihadi terrorist attacks -- including at sports arenas -- this is not merely a matter for soccer fans. It is a microcosm of the way in which young Muslims are being educated by extremist regimes, among them the Palestinian Authority. FIFA has a duty to prevent the game -- the purity of which it purports to protect from abuse -- from being corrupted at the hands of radicals such as Rajoub.

A. Z. Mohamed..
Gatestone Institute..
05 July '17..

In an ongoing effort to "kick terrorism out of football," various research organizations have submitted joint and separate complaints to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) about the behavior of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) and its president, Jibril Rajoub.

At least five highly regarded non-governmental organizations -- Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), NGO Monitor, the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies, UK Lawyers for Israel and the New York-based Lawfare Project -- have enumerated the many and varied ways in which Rajoub -- the secretary-general of the central committee of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction, the chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee and the head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth -- has violated FIFA's own Code of Ethics, "by promoting and glorifying terrorism; inciting hatred and violence; promoting racism; and preventing the use of the game of football in order to build a bridge for peace."

An extensive PMW report highlights Rajoub's exploitation of his various roles in the world of sports to cultivate a terrorist mind-frame among Palestinian youth and incite to murder of Jews and Israelis. A stark example -- particularly for the head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee -- was Rajoub's attendance at, and stamp of approval for, a boxing tournament honoring the terrorist who planned the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

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