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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.

Pro-Palestinian Protesters Invade FIFA Congress

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Pro-Palestinian protesters invaded the annual FIFA congress in Zurich Friday morning, waved Palestinian flags and demanded the ouster of Israel from the soccer organization before security guards ejected them.

The noisy demonstrators interrupted the inaugural speech of FIFA president Sepp Blatter while shouting, “Israel out. Free football. Free Palestine.”

Outside the hall, more than 100 others demonstrated, but some of them managed to slip past security guards and enter the meeting hall. After Blatter called for the security guards to stop the disturbance, he asked them to be to be more alert.

Or perhaps one needs to pay them to keep out the protester, who perhaps paid the guards to let them in.

Money is the way FIFA works. Nine of its officials and former officials have been arrested for large-scale charges of bribery and fraud following an investigation by federal officials in the United States.

But the more urgent matter in FIFA today is not the scandal and not the election of the next president, either Blatter or a Jordanian rival.

FIFA officials around the world are to vote later today on whether to accept its Palestinian Authority affiliate’s demand to expel Israel because of the PA claim that Jews are living on their land. One PA official said it could accept a compromise whereby Israel would eject five teams playing in Judea and Samaria. They include Ma’aleh Adumim where Arabs never have lived and which now is the home to more than 40,000 Jews.

The other teams are from Ariel, where and Arabs and Jews study at the Ariel University, the Jordan Valley, Givat Ze’ev, located near Jerusalem, and Kiryat Arba, adjacent to Hebron.

“No compromise is possible on the settlement teams continued playing in Israel’s league,” one Palestinian Authority delegate told the London Guardian.

There is a difference of opinion on how many votes are needed to defeat the Palestinian Authority demand to oust  Israel. PA delegates question the widely-reported interpretation that a 75 percent vote is needed.

The voting this afternoon will be by secret ballot.

Bribes also will be kept secret.

Netanyahu Warns FIFA: Palestinian Threats Will Destroy International Sport

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Palestinian Authority government heads are continuing to use the international arena as their new battleground against Israel.

But Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Thursday that if the membership of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) caves to PA pressure, such a vote will also eventually kill FIFA.

“The effort to hurt Israel will destroy FIFA because if they start with one country they will move on to another and it will collapse the organization. The effort to suspend Israel is severe and we will resist it unequivocally.

“I told [FIFA president Sepp] Blatter that if he allows the suspension of Israel he will have allowed for the destruction of FIFA.”

Even as new allegations appear against the organization and its president, Palestinian soccer chief Jibril Rajoub is refusing to withdraw a PA proposal to ban Israel from the sports organization. A two-thirds majority vote at the 209-member organization would succeed in expelling Israel from the international sports body.

“Nothing has changed, the vote is still on the agenda,” Rajoub told the AFP news agency after a meeting with Blatter on Wednesday.

The Palestinian soccer league president is no stranger to any form of terror – be it warfare, lawfare or sportsfare – having served his first prison term in Israel at age 15. Two years, in September 1970, later he was arrested again, this time for hurling a grenade at an IDF bus near Hebron. Upon being convicted on charges of terror and membership in an armed terror organization, Rajoub was sentenced to life in prison. He was subsequently released in 1985 as part of a prisoner swap to free three Israeli hostages held by the PFLP terror organization. He was arrested again, numerous times, after returning to his life of violent crime, working with the Fatah terror organization.

After deportation to Lebanon and relocation to Tunisia, Rajoub eventually became a close adviser to PLO terror chief Yasser Arafat. He was also involved in a plot to assassinate former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Following the signing of the Oslo Accords, Rajoub returned to Judea and Samaria, where he served as head of the PA security force.

In June 2012, as head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, Rajoub called a request for a minute of silence to remember the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics by Palestinian terrorists, “racist.”

In May 2013, Rajoub told the Lebanese Al Mayadeen television network, “We, the Palestinians are enemies of Israel…. Until now we have not had nuclear weapons, but in the name of Allah, if we had nuclear weapons, we’d be using them.”

Rajoub has conditioned withdrawal of the proposal to expel Israel from FIFA on a ruling by the United Nations to determine the status of five Israeli soccer teams based in Judea and Samaria. The teams are from the Jewish communities of Ma’aleh Adumim, Ariel, Kiryat Arba, Beka’at HaYarden and Givat Ze’ev.

Teams not located within Israeli territory require Palestinian authorization to participate in the Israeli leagues under FIFA regulations.

Because the United Nations does not recognize Israel’s annexation of post-1967 parts of the country – including numerous Jerusalem neighborhoods, the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria as well as Gaza, the decision would de facto force Israel’s league to expel the five teams, or force the soccer federation to expel Israel’s league.

On Wednesday, a counter proposal was allegedly offered to the Palestinians by the Jewish State, according to one delegate. The FIFA vote on the Palestinian proposal is slated to take place Friday in Switzerland.

The Palestinian contingent has been complaining because some of its members are stopped at security checkpoints when leaving for international events. Some are prevented from leaving entirely and a few are arrested, in fact.

One of Indicted FIFA Officials Blamed ‘Zionism’ for 2011 Bribe Charge

Thursday, May 28th, 2015


Trinidadian businessman Jack Warner, one of nine indicted in the United States Wednesday for bribery charges, blamed “Zionism” in 2011 for his departure as vice president of FIFA after being charged with receiving cash gifts..

U.S. Attorney-General Loretta Lynch charged Warner and eight others for abusing “their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.”

The indictment reads:

Among other things, Warner began to solicit and accept bribes in connection with his official duties, including the selection of the host nation for the World Cups held in 1998 and 2010, which he participated in as a member of the FIFA executive committee.


He spent last night in jail after a delay in processing bail of $395,000 set by a court in Port-of-Spain after his arrest.

Warner, a former parliament member in the Trinidad-Tobago nation, is slated to be extradited to the United States for court proceedings.

Lynch said that FIFA officials “were expected to uphold the rules that keep soccer honest, and protect the integrity of the game. Instead, they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and enrich themselves.”

If there were a law against intellectual corruption, Warner would have been arrested, retried and sentenced in 2011, when he left his position of FIFA vice-resident to escape FIFA sanctions.

A FIFA investigation at the time concluded that Warner and other officials, including Bin Hammam of Qatari, were involved in cash payments before the election of the president of FIFA.


Warner wrote local newspaper in Trinidad that he would talk about the charges, and added:

I will talk about the Zionism, which probably is the most important reason why this acrid attack on Bin Hammam and me was mounted.


No charges were brought against Warner after he quit his post, but he continued to whine and accused FIFA of trying to “muzzle him.”

If ‘Zionism” was the reason for his down fall in 2011, perhaps this time he will blame  the “occupation,” the same term used by Palestinian Authority FIFA official Jibril Rajoub to justify his appeal to the soccer organization to expel Israel.

Let’s try to adopt the anti-Israel mind-set and understand its “logic”:

Israel is struggling to defeat Palestinian Authority attempts to expel it from FIFA, so it collaborated with the United States to trump up bribery charges against FIFA officials to show that they are corrupt, thereby weakening Rajoub’s efforts to oust the Zionists from the soccer organization.

It all is an American-Zionist conspiracy., the same one that is to blame for Arafat’s death and Israel’s disproportionate number of Nobel Prize winners.


Mass Arrests of FIFA Officials Omit PA Terrorist Rajoub

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

A lawfare organization has called on FIFA to expel Palestinian Authority soccer director Jabril Rajoub from the soccer organization because of incitement for terror. He doubles as Deputy Secretary of the Central Committee of Fatah, whose Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades terrorists have murdered hundreds of Israelis, including the 11 Olympic athletes executed at the Munich Games in 1972.

Expelling Rajoub from FIFA would be just desserts in response to his campaign to expel Israel from the soccer organization because of the “occupation.”

He plans to urge the annual FIFA Congress meeting in Switzerland this week to pass a resolution to suspend Israel, but he was kicked with a big surprise early late Tuesday night that might distract the membership.

Hours after the call by Shurat HaDin (Israel Law Center) president Nitsana Darshan-Leitner to expel him, Swiss authorities began a roundup of FIFA officials to be extradited to the United States

Law enforcement agents in Switzerland swooped down on FIFA’a annual meeting at a luxury hotel Tuesday and arrested FIFA officials on U.S. charges of money laundering, racketeering and fraud.

FIFA director Sepp Blatter is not among those to be indicted. The gathering in Switzerland is expected to elect him Friday to a fifth term to head one of the richest and most powerful sports organizations in the world.

It apparently is also one of the most corrupt, which brings to mind the Palestinian Authority and Rajoub, a convicted terrorist who used his skills to head Yasser Arafat’s security forces. He has retained his penchant for terror by repeatedly inciting others to attack Israelis.

Last year, he expressed his wish for a nuclear weapon so he could drop it on Israel.

Darshan-Leitner wrote:

To say that such violent, hateful, discriminatory conduct is beneath the high ideals of FIFA for peace, sportsmanship and collegiality is to massively understate the obvious.

Rajoub, personally, and in combination with others on the Central Committee of Fatah, actively supports and renders aid to AAMB [Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade] and engages in public conduct designed to foster discrimination and terrorist violence against Jews and Israelis, in violation of the FIFA principles and of the FIFA disciplinary code.

Rajoub has no place in FIFA because he has cynically and brazenly flouted FIFA’s standards for conduct in Article 3 of the FIFA Statutes.

The FIFA regulations allow expulsion and a fine up to $20,000 for inciting hatred and violence through the media.

She noted that Rajoub has stated:

Fatah has decided that our relations with the Israelis are relations between enemies…am I stopping you from slaughtering a settlement? No one is stopping anyone.


Until now we have not had nuclear weapons. but in the name of Allah, if we had nuclear weapons, we’d be using them.”

By all rights, Rajoub should be in prison, where in 1970 he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life for a terrorist attack on the IDF near Hebron.

Thank to the generosity of Israeli prison officials, Rajoub used his time in jail to study up on Zionism, polish up his Hebrew and lead hunger strikes and protests until he was freed in 1985 along with more than 1,100 other terrorists in exchange for three Israeli hostages held by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Israel arrested him again for returning to terror, but, of course, released him again, arrested him again for more terror, and freed Rajoub again.

He now hides safely behind his position as head of the Palestinian Authority Soccer affiliate of FIFA, the organization that has several officials under arrest for fraud, but not for inciting terror.

FIFA Pres. to Bibi: No Reason to Suspend Israel, But That Might Not Help

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

The head of FIFA, Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the European football (soccer) league, Seppp Blatter, told Prime Minister Netanyahu on Tuesday, that he sees no reason that Israel should be suspended from the FIFA as it hasn’t violated any FIFA statutes.

Terrorist leader Jibril Rajoub, who is also president of the Palestinian Authority Football Association has been working hard to get Israel kicked out.

FIFA is actually set to meet on May 29 to debate Rajoub’s motion among its 209 members. It’s needs a three-quarter majority to pass. If it passes, Israel will be banned from international competitions.

Rajoub has rejected an Israeli request for a Peace Game between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Meanwhile, the PA’s partner. Hamas, has hidden underground missile launchers in its soccer fields, and has used them to launch rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. If anyone should be kicked out of FIFA, it is the Palestinian Authority.

In 1970, Rajoub threw a grenade at an IDF bus. He’s been arrested numerous times for other terrorist activities, and was allegedly involved in a plot to assassinate Ariel Sharon in 1992.

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