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IDF Shoots to Scare Gaza Arabs Away from Security Fence

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Israeli soldiers deployed at the Gaza security fence shot over the heads of Arabs who had approached the no-go zone Monday, Palestinian Authority media reported. No one was injured.

Arabs frequently approached the security fence, usually with intentions to infiltrate into Israel or to carry out a terrorist attack on the spot.

Palestinian Authority media usually report that Arabs at the fence are “playing soccer “or looking for metal.”

Gaza Dedicates Football Teams to Kidnapping of Killed IDF Soldiers, No FIFA Officials in Sight

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Do you wonder why Israelis are moving politically rightward, and see no prospects for peace on the horizon with their depraved neighbors?

The answer, in part, has to do with the self-inflicted daily decline of humanity of the Gazans.

While terror chief and local PA soccer representative Jibril Rajoub was trying to stick Israel in the dock at FIFA, as usual no one was checking out what’s really going on in the “Palestinian” sports scene.

To help boost attendance at the Sunday game, the Gazans decided to link the game to their only “victories” in the war they initiated last summer.

On Sunday, in the final Gaza Cup soccer game, the two city’s teams, Team Itchiad Shujaiyeh and Team Khadmat Rafiach morbidly represented themselves based on the two dead Israeli soldiers who were kidnapped in their respective cities and whose remains Hamas still hold on to.

Team Itchiad Shujaiyeh is now “represented” by the capture of First Sergeant Oron Shaul who was killed in the APC attack near Shujaiyeh and his dead body then stolen by Hamas.

Team Khadmat Rafiach is “represented” by the capture of Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin who was killed when Hamas attacked IDF troops during a “cease fire.” Hamas then dragged his body into a terror tunnel underneath Rafiach.

The Gazans say the team’s cities are the backbone which allowed for the kidnapping of the bodies of the soldiers.

But hey, not a FIFA official is in sight.

Which team won? They both lost.

Will it ever be possible to rehabilitate the Gazans and restore them to the ranks of humanity?

Mystery US Jewish Millionaire Bids for Beitar Jerusalem Soccer Club

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

An unknown American Jewish millionaire has made an offer to buy the debt-ridden Beitar Jerusalem Soccer club, the One sports website reported Sunday.

Jerusalem Major Nir Barkat has been searching for a buyer because the club’s owner Eli Tabib is not committed to retaining ownership.

Tabib, who recently was lightly wounded outside his posh home near Tel Aviv, is studying the offer from the American to determine if it will cover his investment of more than $4 million plus more than $5 million in debts.

Barkat is keeping the name of the millionaire secret.

Tony Blair Appointed Chairman of European Council on Tolerance

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Tony Blair, outgoing Quarter envoy to the Middle East and the former Prime Minister of Britain, has been appointed chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR), an international organization based in Brussels that fights against racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia.

He succeeds Aleksander Kwaśniewski, former President of Poland

Blair said after his appointment:

The work they [ECTR] are doing is crucial, because despite our best efforts to build a consensus around tolerance in Europe, we still see injustice, discrimination and hideous acts of violence on the continent.

Incidents of extremism, rising anti-Semitism and surging Nationalist forces who seek to cultivate a spirit of resentment by playing on people’s fears, threaten our European ideals of freedom, equality and a desire for peace.

Among ECTR’s ongoing projects is the Model Statute for the Promotion of Tolerance, designed to introduce legal parameters of tolerance across Europe. The statue has been introduced at the European Parliament and various national parliaments across Europe.

“In his role at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, it is clear that Mr. Blair has a strong commitment to the promotion of inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue through practical education, which aligns very clearly with the ECTR’s mission and goals.” Dr. Kantor added. “His international reach will also allow the organization to address globally the fight against anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia.”

Blair’s big name and big bucks are a magnet for influential people, and his appointment could be a two-edged sword for Israel if he tries to “balance” a campaign targeting incitement against Jews by appeasing the Palestinian Authority with charges of racism against Israel for the chutzpa to sanction organized soccer teams in Judea and Samaria.

Rajoub Warns He May Try to Oust Israel from the Olympics

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

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.

Israel Welcomes End to FIFA’s ‘Absurd Situation’

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Israel says it is glad the international soccer federation, FIFA, has managed to avoid what Israel’s deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely called an “absurd situation” – the expulsion of the Jewish State from the global sports body.

“I welcome the fact that we didn’t arrive at an absurd situation in which a state like Israel would have been suspended from a body whose vocation is, before all, sporting,” Hotovely told international reporters Friday.

Palestinian soccer league head and convicted terrorist Jibril Rajoub submitted a last-minute amendment cancelling the delegation’s proposal to expel Israel from the 209-member federation, just before the vote was set to take place.

On the same day, federation members also voted to re-elect FIFA president Sepp Blatter for a fifth term, despite the arrest of seven top organization officials in Switzerland by U.S. prosecutors.

A total of 14 federation officials and marketing executives were indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on allegations of corruption and racketeering.

Amidst the chaos that ensued Wednesday following the arrests, the Palestinian delegation vowed to keep up the pressure to wage sportsfare against Israel at FIFA. An attempt by the Israeli delegation to negotiate a compromise with the Palestinians may or may not have paid off in the end.

“Our international effort has proven itself and led to the failure of the Palestinian Authority attempt to oust us from FIFA,” said Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in a statement on Friday following the decision to drop the attempt to expel Israel.

“I thank all those took part in the international effort that led to the failure of this attempt, including the Israeli delegation in Switzerland led by Israel Football Association Chairman Ofer Eini.

“The State of Israel is interested in a peace that will ensure security for its citizens but this will not be achieved through coercion and distorting the truth. The only way to achieve peace is to begin negotiations between the sides.

“This Palestinian provocation joins the unilateral steps that the Palestinians are taking at other international institutions. So long as they take these steps they will only push peace further away instead of bringing it closer.

“At a time when the international community is calling for confidence-building measures, the Palestinians are once again replying with an attempt to carry out unilateral steps that harm the ability to advance a regional settlement.”

No Goal – Rajoub Drops FIFA Sportsfare Attack on Israel

Friday, May 29th, 2015

By early afternoon, Israeli media sources were reporting that a compromise had been reached between Israel, FIFA and the Palestinian Authority, and the PA’s bid to expel Israel from the international football (soccer) league was over.

The attempt to use international sports (sportsfare) to attack Israel was initiated by Palestinian Authority sports chief and convicted terrorist Jibril Rajoub.

Rajoub strongly denied any compromise or agreement had been reached.

But at the last minute before the proposal was to go to vote, Rajoub submitted an amendment that would cancel the bid to suspend Israel.

The initial bid required three-quarters of the 209 votes to suspend Israel, and Rajoub may have cancelled his bid because he saw he wasn’t even close to having that number.

In the end, the FIFA Congress voted 165-18 to pass the amendment that cancelled the attempt to suspend Israel.

Rajoub claims he cancelled it because of the many phone calls he received from other football presidents.

Dozens of football presidents had already stated publicly they would not vote to suspend Israel in the FIFA Congress.

After the amendment passed, Israel’s delegate, Ofer Eini, said that politics and football have no place together and called on Rajoub to cooperate and work together with him.

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