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The Jibril Rajoub File, Special Report for FIFA

This report documents Palestinain Football Association President Jibril Rajoub’s hate promotion, terror support, and terror glorification with examples spanning several years.



It demonstrates that his terror promotion and incitement to murder reflect his fundamental ideology as an opponent of peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

In appearances on the official Palestinian Authority TV, Rajoub has promoted the shooting and stabbing of Israeli civilians. Rajoub also glorifies terrorists by naming sporting tournaments and events in their honor. Last year, Rajoub referred to murderers of civilians as “heroes and a crown on the head of every Palestinian.” In a TV interview, he said, “If we had a nuke, we’d have used it this very morning.”

This report further documents that in his various political and leadership roles, Rajoub prohibits peacebuilding sports activities between Palestinians and Israelis, actively countering the spirit of FIFA as set forth in its mission statement. For example, following the 2014 Gaza War, Rajoub condemned a successful peacebuilding event between Israeli and Palestinian youth sponsored by the Peres Center for Peace as a “crime against humanity.”

Currently, Rajoub claims that his complaints about Israel are focused on Israeli sports teams and stadiums in the West Bank. However, looking at his behavior and statements over the past fiveyears, it is clear that Rajoub has an anti-Israel agenda and this is merely a pretext. Already in 2013, Rajoub expressed his goal to “screw” Israel by isolating it from international sports through expulsion from FIFA. It had nothing to do with the location of Israeli football teams and everything to do with his inherent prejudices against Israel:

“Fascists can learn a lesson from this state [of Israel]. This government -- there is none more brazen in human history... We'll suspend their [FIFA] membership and this way we'll screw them… I won't agree to any joint game between Arabs and Israel." [Official PA TV, July 1, 2013]

Rajoub is now trying to gain international support for this political agenda by asking FIFA to adopt his anti-Israel policies.


Click here for the full report. 

Source: Palestinian Media Watch 

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