Jibril Rajoub, the Palestinian Authority’s FIFA soccer official who failed to remove Israel from the organization last week, now is going for the Olympics.
He told a welcome home crowd of 2,000 people in Jericho last night:
If Israel does not change its attitude towards the settlements and continues to be racist against Palestinians, there will be an acceleration of moves with the possibility of ousting it from the Olympics.
Rajoub deserves the idiot’s gold medal for failure and buffoonery.
He also deserves to be in jail, at best, for terrorist attacks against Israel and for which he was sentenced to life, which in Israel means a few months or years before being released in exchange for a hostage or dead bodies.
Rajoub also is a former head of the security forces of Yasser Arafat before he was fired.
Today, he wears three kefiyahs. He heads the Palestinian Authority Soccer organization, is minister of sport and is chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee.
Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas reportedly opposed Rajoub’s attempt to remove Israel from FIFA and wants to oust him from his position, and for good reason.
Rajoub’s mouth, or more accurately his so-called mind, has made the Palestinian Authority look even more of a disaster than it is.
Last year, he said that if he had a nuclear weapon in his hands, he would drop it on Israel.
In 2012, called a request for a minute of silence to remember the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the Munich Olympics by Palestinian militants in 1972 “racist.”
And a year before, he called as speech by President Barack Obama “idiotic” and that it sounded like a speech of a student leader in a university.”
He may right on the last count, but that is beside the point.
Like Arab “victories” after disastrous wars against Israel, Rajoub is claiming his defeat last week was a triumph because FIFA agreed to establish a committee to discuss Palestinian Authority claim.
According to Rajoub:
The world supports the Palestinian Authority move against Israel but wants proof and set up a committee to examine racism in Israel and its teams in the settlements [Judea and Samaria]. If the investigative committee confirms the charges of Israeli racism in soccer, there will be a vote to expel Israel from FIFA.
Yaakov Finkelstein, an Israeli diplomat from the Foreign Ministry’s team in Zurich, said the result at the FIFA Congress “was more of an achievement to Israel than the Palestinians. The Palestinians scored our own goal by putting too much pressure on suspending Israel from FIFA and eventually when they realized that they do not have the necessary majority, they decided to back off.”
Rajoub deserves the last word, and he has it with a sensational statement he made last night:
Sport should be separated from politics.
Isn’t that funny? That is exactly what FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in his objections to Rajoub’s move to mix politics and sport.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu