web analytics
October 9, 2015 / 26 Tishri, 5776
At a Glance

Posts Tagged ‘Sports’

Israeli Wins Gold Medal At European Judo Competition

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

An Israeli judo competitor, Sagi Muki, on Friday won the gold medal in the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, by defeating Georgian opponent Nugzari Tatalashvli in the 73-kilogram (161-pound) weight class. The win marks Israel’s first gold medal in that competition.

“I managed to grab the opponent after he made a mistake, and I scored an ippon (the highest score a competitor can achieve in a Japanese martial arts contest),” Muki told Sport TV. “I wasn’t in a rush, and I took advantage of the opportunity that I got. I’m ecstatic.”

Muki will be awarded $10,500 (40,000 shekels) from the Israeli Olympic Committee for his victory.

Qatar Buying Into Formula One

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Qatar is joining forces with a venture capital firm to buy in to famed race car sports venue, Formula One.

Qatar’s Nasser Khalifa Al-Attiya is a vice-president of the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) and the governing body for Formula One, the FIA.

RSE Ventures, which already owns the Miami Dolphins NFL team, is now joining forces with Doha to buy a controlling stake in F1. The deal for the 35.5 percent stake is allegedly worth $7 to $8 billion, according to a source quoted by Reuters on Tuesday.

The commercial side of F1 is run by 84-year-old British billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, a 40-year deal meister in the sport.

Israelis Follow David Blatt to Cleveland for NBA Finals

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

The people who sat in seats one and two of row 12, section 120 at Quicken Loans Arena during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night weren’t your ordinary Cleveland Cavaliers fans.

Tomer Hulli and his father, Eli, made the trip from Israel to attend games 3 and 4 in Cleveland. Tomer, who lives in Tzur Moshe, a 25-minute drive north of Tel Aviv, has been playing basketball since he was 5. Hulli said he didn’t plan this trip, but once the Cavaliers advanced to the finals, he decided he was all in.

“A day after the Cavs made it to the finals I decided to come,” said Hulli, who lives just five minutes from Cavaliers head coach David Blatt’s home in Israel. “I paid $850 for tickets to Game 3 in the lower section and $600 for tickets to Game 4 in the upper deck.”

Hulli said he purchased the tickets on vividtickets.com on the night after the Cavaliers defeated the Hawks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the NBA Finals.

“The tickets are expensive, but you only live once,” said Hulli, who claims he’s a fan of the game, not just of the Cavaliers.

This isn’t the first time Hulli and his father have traveled to the United States.

“I’ve made about 10 trips to America,” said Hulli, who last visited in 2014, when he caught two NBA games in New York and Brooklyn. “We have a big family in Cleveland and also family in New York,” he said.

Hulli said many people in Israel have been waking up at the crack of dawn to watch Blatt lead the Cavaliers.

“Only the real sports fans wake up at four in the morning,” said Hulli, who frequently wakes up at that hour to watch the Cavaliers. “For Finals, I believe nearly everybody will wake up.”

Hulli said Blatt’s Cavaliers have the support of all of Israel, and the Cavaliers are a topic on nearly every Israeli‘s lips.

“Blatt and the Cavs are a huge deal here,” said Hulli, who plans to shop for his wife and kids during his down time in Cleveland. “The people of Israel love basketball. Blatt and Cleveland are all over the news in Israel. We are very proud that an Israeli coach is one of the best in the world.”

Despite that, Hulli said that if the Cavaliers win the NBA championship, the celebration in Israel wouldn’t compare to the one in Cleveland.

“For us coach Blatt is Israeli,” said Hulli, who believes the NBA Finals is the biggest stage in sports. “We hope he will help the team win. People in the USA must understand that there is basketball in other parts of the world and it’s not just the NBA. I see some coaches in the NBA who just stand and do nothing. That is not coach Blatt. Coach Blatt will teach them a lot.”

Hulli said he doesn’t know Blatt, and Blatt doesn’t know he’s attending the games in Cleveland. But he’s sure Blatt would welcome any Israelis into Quicken Loans Arena with open arms.

Hulli had a basketball career in Israel. He started playing professionally at age 18.

“Basketball is my life,” said Hulli, who lives in Tzur Moshe with his wife, Inbal, and three kids, Zoe, Romi, and Yanai. “I coach 200 kids here in two different clubs. I couldn’t survive without basketball because of how great of a game it is.

“I played 13 seasons professionally in two different divisions here,” said Hulli, adding his professional career came to an end when he discovered one of his daughters had a medical problem. “I’ve been a part of three teams that were promoted to Division One. Haifa, Netanya, and Lev HaSharon were the teams I enjoyed playing for the most.”

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?

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Resigns Amid Corruption Scandal

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has resigned amid the growing scandal over massive arrests of top international soccer federation officials on charges of corruption and racketeering.

Blatter, 79, stepped down from his post just four days after being elected to a fifth term. He announced his decision at a news conference in Zurich after several more FIFA officials were arrested by the FBI at a hotel in the Swiss city six days ago.

Blatter has been at FIFA for 40 years, and served as president for 17 years; the third longest to head the sports group.

Last Wednesday, The New York Times reported U.S. authorities were preparing to charge FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke, Blatter’s second-in-command, in connection with a questionable transfer of $10 million.

The money was allegedly paid to “a high-ranking FIFA official” from the South African Football Association in 2008 as that country was bidding to host the 2010 World Cup. One of the top officials named in the U.S. Justice Department indictment a week ago voted in favor of South Africa at the time.

FIFA had denied that both Valcke and Blatter knew anything about the transaction – but as investigations by the U.S. government and Swiss officials move closer to the top, Blatter appears to be growing more uneasy.

New elections are to be called to choose a new leader.

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.”

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.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/mass-arrests-of-fifa-officials-omits-pa-terrorist-rajoub/2015/05/27/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: