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British Soccer Group Says Ban on Anelka Should Be Universal

Monday, March 17th, 2014

The British Football Association will request that Nicolas Anelka serve his entire suspension for performing the quenelle salute regardless of the soccer team he joins.

Anelka was fired by British West Bromwich Albion on Friday for “gross misconduct” for making the salute, seen by many as being anti-Semitic, on the field during a December match and refusing to apologize for it.

The Football Association last month imposed a five-match ban on Anelka, and the organization told the British Press Association that it will ask the world soccer association FIFA to impose the ban on whatever team he moves to. He has yet to start the suspension.

Anelka said in December that he performed the quenelle as a gesture to his friend Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, the French comedian who popularized the quasi-Nazi salute. Dieudonne, who has been fined repeatedly for making anti-Semitic remarks, says the quenelle is neither anti-Semitic nor Nazi but merely anti-establishment.

Meanwhile, the Football Association on Monday launched the Reporting Discrimination campaign, a series of short films that instruct soccer fans on what to do if they see discrimination — including racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism — at a match.

Modern Golden Calf Arrived and, Thank God, Left Israel

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Fair warning: This article may be extremely offensive and sacrilegious to sport fans.

The FIFA World Cup arrived in Israel this week and was displayed on public for the first time in history before continuing on an around the world journey.

Okay, granted that fans of the most popular sport in Israel would like to take a peek at the real thing, which has no chance of being won by an Israeli team so long as Brazil, Spain, France and a few other soccer-star countries remain in existence.

But the fans only were allowed to see the 18 karat gold, 120-pound trophy. They were not allowed to touch it.

That is not a misprint. They were not allowed to touch it.

That privilege is accorded only to the team that actually won the trophy. That is the FIFA  halacha rule.

I can understand people going nuts as spectators of baseball, soccer and football, basketball and badminton.

I can understand because I was no less crazy as a kid. I knew who was on first for the Baltimore Orioles better than anyone else except the manager, and I still am not sure about him.

All the stats were safely in my head. I knew them by heart. Quick – what pitcher went 3-21 for the year and pitched a no-hitter, not only in the World Series but also against the invincible Yankees? Sorry, I am not giving any hints.

As much as sports were backed by Big Bucks back in the 1950s, it pales in comparison with the billions of dollars behind today’s hype.

I have no intention of disparaging sports fans, but there is a limit.

Enthusiasm borders on idol worship, and if that seems an exaggeration, consider the FIFA trophy.

My quick calculation comes up with a worth of nearly $2 million.

But even if were worth only $2 or 2 cents, what is this shtick that no one is allowed to touch it?

Placing one’s finger on the Holy Cup will cause convulsions, overexcitement to the point of a heart attack, or perhaps death as punishment for having violated the law? Or will soccer worshippers who are hold strictly by FIFA laws simply stone  the offender to death?

The trophy will be displayed in 89 countries before next year’s World Cup tournament. Just in case anyone things this is some kind of benevolent and selfless effort on behalf of people who will feel spiritually empty without actually seeing the trophy with their own eyes, the global campaign is being sponsored by Coca Cola,

The good side of this idol worship is that it provides a handy answer to all of the scoffers who snub their souls at Orthodox Jewish laws, customs and ceremonies, both ancient and modern.

Two of the sons of Aharon the High Priest, out of over excitement towards the dedication of the Holy Tabernacle, carried out their own ceremony that was not commanded by God. He was not pleased and consumed them in fire.

The point is there are rules and regulations in Judaism, and no one is allowed to willy-nilly change them as he or she wishes or just because someone calls himself – or herself – a “rabbi.”

There are Kohenim, the Priestly Tribe; there are Levites; and there are Israelites like myself and most of the Jewish people. I am not allowed to deliver a Priestly Blessing. An Israelite can marry a divorced woman; a Kohen cannot.

Those who scoff  will ask what the H difference does it make if a Kohen marries a divorcee. Let’s forget the explanations because the bottom line is that is what the Jewish Law states. Period.

And, pray tell, what difference does it make if I touch, FIFA forbid, the golden trophy?

I will tell you what the difference is. If I am allowed to touch it, it takes way from all the hype that is used to manipulate the emotions of hundreds of millions of people around the world to go into ecstasy and to hyperventilate over a bunch of people kicking a ball at each other.

Touching the trophy ”would have been particularly uplifting for a number of Israel’s current players who, after failing to qualify past the tournament’s preliminary stage, could only dream of actually lifting the cup,” reported the Times of Israel.

Palestinian Soccer Chief Demands Israel’s Expulsion from FIFA

Friday, August 16th, 2013

The Palestinian Football Association on Thursday demanded that the International federation of Football (FIFA) expel Israel, because it had refused to allow several Arab youth team players into the Palestinian Authority.

“We ask for a red card, because the yellow card has been raised now for a long time,” PFA chief Jibril Rajub told reporters in Ramallah.

In a May interview with Rajub on Lebanese TV, the host referred to “the negotiations game” with Israel, and Rajoub expressed the view that negotiations are held because the Palestinians lack military strength: “I swear that if we had a nuke, we’d have used it this very morning,” he promised.

An enterprising terrorist since the 1970s, Rajoub told AFP: “We are clinging to the red card to take away the Israeli occupation’s legitimacy and we will not accept any compromise.”

Altogether, Israel refused entry to three managers of the Jordanian football union, two UAE representatives and 13 players and managers from Iraq, according to Rajoub.

Considering the fact that Israeli citizens are officially barred from all the Arab countries, that’s a fairly reasonable number, which was based on an evaluation by the Shabac internal security service.

Israeli Soccer Association chairman Avi Luzon said this is a cheap attempt on Rajoub’s part to gain political capital, and hurt Israel in the process. Luzon said he had already responded to all of Rajoub’s complaints back in May, explaining to FIFA the security concerns behind the decision to block the entry of about 15 participants.

The vast majority of players and coaches were approved for passage into the PA from Jordan via the Allenby Bridge crossing.

The entire affair was discussed satisfactorily last month in a meeting between Luzon, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In April, 2012, the goalie of the Palestinian Olympic soccer team, Omar Abu Rois, who was also a member of Hamas, participated in an attack using AK-47 assault rifles on Israeli soldiers. The goalie and 12 others used a red Crescent ambulance in the attack.

The attack was planned and carried out under the guidance of the PA security service in Ramallah – an outfit Rajoub ran until 2002.

FIFA’s Stony Silence on Soccer Field Launchers (Video)

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

The international FIFA soccer association totally ignored a government presentation Tuesday of Hamas’ using soccer fields to camouflage underground missile launchers and instead delivered a threat that Israel faces expulsion from FIFA if it does not allow free travel to Palestinian Authority soccer players.

Hamas bragged last year about its missiles hidden underneath a Gaza soccer field during Israel’s Pillar of Defense offensive to stop missile attacks that  reached as far north as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hosted FIFA president Joseph Blatter on Tuesday after the soccer official attended the opening of the new offices of the Palestine Football Association in Ramallah.

If Netanyahu thought his visual presentation of missile launchers underneath a soccer field would convince Blatter that perhaps soccer fields are not always what they seem to be, he was sorely mistaken.

The exhibit impressed Blatter about as much as Netanyahu impressed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with his “red line” exhibition on Iran’s nuclear program in the United Nations last year.

The Prime Minister showed Blatter aerial photographs of Fajr-5 missile launchers in the Gaza soccer stadium.

Blatter did not utter a word.

“This is a double war crime,” Netanyahu said. “You’re firing on civilians and you’re hiding behind civilians.”

Blatter did not utter a word.

“We ask FIFA to allow Israel to play fair and not to let the organization and football to be exploited to spread lies,” Netanyahu said.

Blatter did not utter a word.

Netanyahu reminded his visitor that the head of the PA soccer association is Jibril Rajoub, who said earlier this year that, “Gee, I sure wish the Palestinian Authority had a nuclear weapon, because if we did, I would have used it.”

Blatter did not utter a word..

When he did open his mouth, he had this to say: “I will go to defend not only the Palestine Football Association but I will defend the basic principles of FIFA, (which are) to connect people and not to separate people.”

Blatter praised soccer as a way to peace. FIFA’a values are “to recognize each other through football and to live not only in peace but in harmony,” he stated.

PA Cries ‘Foul,’ Cancels Peres’ ‘Peace Process Soccer Game’

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

The Palestinian Authority has buried another attempt to resurrect the peace process, this time rejecting President Shimon Peres’ proposal for a “peace process soccer game.”

The reason – if you are ready for this – might be funny if it were not true: The suggestion was made without consulting them.

President Peres and the Barcelona’s Barca soccer club president Sandro Rosell pitched the idea last week at a joint press conference.

“A soccer club is also a school. It is educational; it teaches our children to play together despite their difference,” declared the President. “Real peace is between people and not just between governments and as our children love Barcelona, so, too, do children in the Palestinian Authority.”

Rosell added, “We would like, with the Palestinian and Israeli leadership, to promote the idea of a football match for peace. We understand that peace will only be possible if we build confidence, respect and understanding between the two peoples.”

Time out!

“The decision was made without consulting us. They think that it is our obligation to do what the masters of the region demand,” said a straight-faced Jibril Rajoub, director of the Palestinian Authority Football Association.

He made it clear that the idea was great. “This is a good and amazing idea which I love. I really think that sports and soccer can be used to build trust and create peace,” according to Rajoub. The problem apparently is that he did not think of it first.

Furthermore, he said the idea of Israel and PA Arabs playing on the same team against Barcelona is not feasible because “Israel does not even recognize us as a sporting entity.”

For the record, Peres did not demand that the PA side recognize Israel as a “Jewish team.” Rajoub could have seized on that as a precedent for not satisfying Israel’s demand that the Palestinian Authority recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Instead, he complained that Israel blocked a FIFA official from arriving in Judea and Samaria and not allowing several PA soccer players to travel from Ramallah to Gaza.

“The “current atmosphere is not appropriate for a match like this,” he concluded in a gross understatement.

As in the diplomatic process, the Palestinian Authority has laid down conditions for the “peace process game.”

The Peres Peace Center still doesn’t give up. Its director Ido Sharir was quoted by the Jerusalem Post as saying, “The Palestinians have made requests, some more legitimate than others, and we are trying to deal with that. There are a lot of variables that are out of our control and can affect an initiative like this. But we have a good base [for arranging the match].”

The game is supposed to be played in July, although the question remains, “Which July?

Reminder: the “peace process” was supposed to have concluded several years ago.

Football/FIFA is a Metaphor for the UN

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Football (soccer) enthusiasts around the world are familiar with the FIFA football federation (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Their Mission Statement is:
“to improve the game of football constantly and promote it globally in the light of its unifying, educational, cultural and humanitarian values, particularly through youth and development programmes”

So why is FIFA trying to rebuild (again) the destroyed Football stadium in Gaza?

It was most recently destroyed (again) by the IDF 2 weeks ago, after Hamas used the stadium to shoot Fajr-5 rockets at Greater Tel-Aviv and at Jerusalem.

 

YNET/AFP reported that:

FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke has pledged that soccer’s world governing body will help rebuild the Palestine Stadium in Gaza City, after it was partially destroyed in Israeli air strikes.

“We see it our mandate to rebuild football infrastructure which has been destroyed,” Valcke was quoted as saying on fifa.com. “We will also rebuild the stadium in Gaza, which has been destroyed.

“Soccer brings people together and we will support any re-construction necessary when football infrastructure is destroyed through disasters,” added Valcke, who is in Brazil for the draw of the Confederations Cup.

Israeli fighter jets opened fire on the venue in the Gaza Strip earlier this month, severely damaging an indoor hall and a neighbouring building as well as leaving four large holes on the pitch.

Reports have estimated that the cost of the damage at the 10,000-seat stadium could run into millions of dollars.

The venue is one of three international stadiums used by the Palestine national soccer team, with a second the West Bank and a third in annexed east Jerusalem.

Football/Soccer only brings people together when stadiums aren’t being used to launch rocket attacks against neighbors.FIFA says above that the stadium was destroyed by a “disaster” which is why they are rebuilding it. The “disaster” is Hamas, and till Hamas is no longer active in Gaza, the FIFA stadiums will continue to be used to launch rocket attacks against Israel, and the IDF will be forced to destroy the stadium again.The United Nations today is poised to accept “Palestine” as an observer-status country — Palestinians use their infrastructure and donations to fund terror against Israel and infuse their children with hate.

The naivete of FIFA in rebuilding Gaza’s football stadium is the same foolishness of the United Nations in upgrading “Palestine” to an observer country.

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FIFA to Rebuild Hamas Rocket Launching Site

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Jerome Valcke, the secretary-general of FIFA (the International governing body of Soccer) has pledged to rebuild the Gaza soccer stadium that was destroyed by Israel in Operation Pillars of Defence.

On the FIFA site they write,

“We see it our mandate to rebuild football infrastructure which has been destroyed. We will also rebuild the stadium in Gaza, which has been destroyed. Football brings people together and we will support any re-construction necessary when football infrastructure is destroyed through disasters.”

The IDF targeted the Gaza soccer stadium on November 19, 2012, as its field constituted a dual-purpose platform, the first was obviously soccer, while the second use was as a launching pad for long-range rockets that hit Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion (while aiming for Jerusalem).

Hamas uses civilian areas for weapons and terror staging grounds, as well as “human shields” as a matter of policy.

The IDF said it wonders if FIFA is aware that the stadium was used as a rocket launching site.

There’s no word at this time if FIFA plans to also rebuild the launch infrastructure for the Fajr-5 rockets when it rebuilds the rest of the stadium.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/fifa-to-rebuild-hamas-rocket-launching-site/2012/11/29/

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