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Warning over validity comes before meeting this week to discuss issue of Israeli teams playing in West Bank

October 11, 2016
Open Letter

On 5 September, 2016, the Palestinian National BDS Committee (BNC) released a letter to the Israel-Palestine Monitoring Committee, headed by Mr. Tokyo Sexwale addressing  the inclusion of settlement teams in the Israeli League.

In the News

For the past 17 months the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) has been demanding that the settlement-based clubs should be banned from all IFA leagues and competitions. Now the FIFA-led negotiations on the issue are coming to a head, with a proposal due to be presented to the FIFA Council on 13-14 October.

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FIFA is rightly proud of the work it does to support football development in Palestine.  We call on FIFA to condemn the demolitions in Umm Al Khair, and to defend the right of Palestinians throughout the Occupied Territories to live lives free of criminal terror and deprivation.

Analysis

Their names are Jawhar Nasser Jawhar, 19, and Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17. They were once soccer players in the West Bank. Now they are never going to play sports again. Jawhar and Adam were on their way home from a training session in the Faisal al-Husseini Stadium on January 31 when Israeli forces fired upon them as they approached a checkpoint.

March 7, 2014
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Palestinian girls holding pictures of detained footballer Mahmoud al-Sarsak
Midfielder Mahmoud al-Sarsak is one of three Palestinian footballers being held without trial in Israel

The Palestine Football Association (PFA) has asked European football's governing body Uefa to bar Israel from hosting a tournament next year over Palestinian players in detention.

June 15, 2012
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Analysis

Glasgow, United Kingdom -On the final day of the Scottish football season, one of the biggest crowds in Europe turned up to watch Celtic FC being crowned champions.

Nearly 60,000 fans danced and sang as their heroes demolished Edinburgh club Heart of Midlothian 5-0. Anthems such as "You’ll Never Walk Alone" and "The Celtic Song" mingled with tributes to players past and present.

Then something different happened.

Analysis

Imagine if a member of Team USA Basketball—let’s say Kobe Bryant—had been traveling to an international tournament only to be seized by a foreign government and held in prison for three years without trial or even hearing the charges for which he was imprisoned. Imagine if Kobe was allowed no visitation from family or friends. Imagine if he was left no recourse but to effectively end any future prospects as a player by terminating his own physical health by going on a hunger strike. Chances are we’d notice, yes?

May 10, 2012