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Jibril Rajoub
Jibril Rajoub
Jibril Rajoub is Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee (since Feb. 15, 2017). He is also Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, and Chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee. He is a former member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council (until Aug. 2009), the former Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee (2009-2017), the former National Security Advisor to Yasser Arafat, rank of Brigadier-General, and the former Head of the West Bank Preventive Security Forces (1994-2002)

Jibril Rajoub was sentenced to life in prison in 1970 for throwing a grenade at an Israeli army truck. He was released in the Jibril Agreement - A deal between the Israeli government and the terrorist organization the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), led by Ahmed Jibril. On May 21, 1985, Israel released 1,150 Palestinian prisoners, including terrorist murderers, in exchange for three Israeli soldiers who had been taken hostage by the PFLP.

In 2015, the PA submitted a request to FIFA to suspend Israel, organized and promoted by Rajoub. PMW published a report, "PA sports: Prohibiting peace and glorifying terror," showing the irony of Rajoub's request, since the PA uses sports to further entrench the conflict with Israel and to send the message that murdering Israeli civilians is honorable and heroic. In 2016 and early 2017, PMW released two reports, "The Jibril Rajoub File" and "The Jibril Rajoub File: Special report for FIFA"  that showed Rajoub's support for terror and opposition to peacebuilding between Israelis and Palestinians.
Senior Fatah official Rajoub: Israel “works according to a fascist governmental plan, a government that is typical of Nazism” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 29, 2017

Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) Jibril Rajoub:
"This is a blatant violation when they [Israelis] organize an official [football] league on lands that are not Israeli lands. Even the Israel [Football] Association did not dare to claim: “These lands belong to us.” The one [Israel] who brings in politics and makes sport political is the one who works according to a fascist governmental plan, a government that is typical of Nazism. We have rights, and we will continue to demand them at the FIFA court in accordance with all the laws and regulations, and also the laws of Switzerland where FIFA is located."
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Fatah official: “Resistance in the eyes of the Fatah and Hamas Movements is a means to ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 7, 2017
Headline: "Rajoub: The time has come to build a true national partnership – [the unity government] will include the concept of the political solution, the resistance, and the state plan, and the rule of one law and one weapon"
     "Fatah Central Committee Secretary champion Jibril Rajoub said that 'The hour is ripe for building a political partnership that will include the concepts of a political solution, the general agreement about the resistance, a state plan, [and] the rule of one weapon (i.e., one military body) and one law.'
In an interview with [Lebanese TV] channel Al-Mayadeen he said: 'Resistance in the eyes of the Fatah and Hamas Movements is a means to ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state.' He emphasized that Fatah did not and will not relinquish the resistance and that today there are international plots against Palestine. Rajoub continued: 'Everyone agrees that the Palestinian state will be under one weapon, one police, and one regime. We need national unity that will focus on agreement and partnership.' He said: 'We want to create pressure on the occupation in order to achieve our rights.'"

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Jibril Rajoub: "Fatah... will not give up the resistance" 
Source: YouTube channel of Al-Mayadeen TV (Lebanon), Oct. 6, 2017


Lebanese TV channel Al-Mayadeen YouTube channel, interview with Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub.


Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: "I think that when our brothers in Hamas said that there won’t be a war against Gaza, nor a war from Gaza, they conveyed a message to the world and to the international community that says: We are ready [for reconciliation with Fatah]..."
Al-Mayadeen TV host: "What has actually changed? Why will the reconciliation eliminate the resistance, or the idea of resistance?..."
Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: "First of all, Fatah has not given up and will not give up the resistance. We are ready to enter a dialogue [with Hamas] and to refine our positions in order to reach a general agreement…We want to achieve national unity [with Hamas] on the basis of true partnership."
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Senior Fatah official visits family of a terrorist who kidnapped and murdered an Israeli soldier 
Source: Facebook page of Jibril Rajoub, Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, Sept. 9, 2017

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub (marked with red arrow)


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“[Fatah Central Committee Secretary] Jibril Rajoub during his visit to the family of prisoner fighter Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, participated in murder of 1), the most veteran Palestinian prisoner and a Fatah Movement Central Committee member, in his village of ‘Ara this evening [Sept. 9, 2017].”

The images show Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub during his visit to the family of terrorist Karim Younes.
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Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).

Karim Younes - Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Younes was originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012. In May 2017 Younes was appointed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the Fatah Central Committee.
Senior Fatah leader gives map of “Palestine” which ignores Israel’s existence to other Fatah leader 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 23, 2017
Headline: “On behalf of Rajoub: Neirat honors Tirawi for having received a doctoral degree”



“On behalf of Chairman of the [Palestine] Olympic Committee [and Fatah Central Committee Secretary] Jibril Rajoub, [Palestine Olympic Committee member] Nazih Neirat honored Al-Istiqlal University President, [Fatah Central Committee member, and Fatah Commissioner of Popular Organizations] Tawfiq Tirawi for his having received a doctoral degree in education from Tanta University in Egypt. Neirat gave Tirawi an honorary plaque on behalf of Rajoub.”

The article includes a picture of Palestine Olympic Committee member Nazih Neirat giving Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi the honorary plaque, which features the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).

Abbas, Rajoub promise Hamas ex-prisoners that they will get their salaries that had been frozen 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Aug. 2, 2017
Headline: “Sources to Wattan: The [PA] president has issued instructions for resolving the issue of the prisoners and released prisoners whose salaries were stopped”
     “Knowledgeable sources told [the independent Palestinian news agency] Wattan that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has issued instructions to resolve the issue of the 277 prisoners and released prisoners whose salaries (rawatib) have been stopped for this the third consecutive month. The sources said that a delegation representing the prisoners and released prisoners whose salaries were stopped held long meetings today [Aug. 2, 2017] with the security authorities in Ramallah in order to reach a resolution of their issue…
Earlier this week Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub met with the released prisoners at the [protest] tent and promised them to resolve the issue. Fatah Revolutionary Council Secretary Majed Al-Fatiani also met with the released prisoners and their families at the protest tent and promised them to invest efforts into ending their suffering.”

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On PA TV, Fatah official denies mentioning Israeli sovereignity at the Western Wall 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 5, 2017

Official PA TV interviewed Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub about his interview with Israeli TV Channel 2 on June 3, 2017, in which he said the Western Wall will remain "under Jewish sovereignty"

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: "East Jerusalem will be under the full sovereignty of the Palestinians to the last centimeter, and our capital will be East Jerusalem... It was a long interview [on Israeli TV], 36 minutes of which they released 12 minutes, and it is clear that several of the central points [were cut] in editing... [I said on Israeli TV]: ‘When he [Trump] went to the Wailing Wall, he went alone, and did not agree that any one of you [Israelis] would come. That’s also a message to you, even though it’s holy to you.’ [Israeli interviewer] asked: ‘Will you agree to Israeli sovereignty [there]?’ I told her: ‘No way. If Trump doesn’t recognize your sovereignty there, I’m supposed to agree?’ Of course this part – "
PA TV host: "Was left out..."
Rajoub: "What I said is: 'Jewish religious supervision.’ I am issuing a challenge, even in the transcript, is it written that I said ‘Israeli sovereignty.''"
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Fatah official denies statement about Jewish sovereignty at the Western Wall  
Source: Facebook page of Jibril Rajoub, Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, June 4, 2017

Posted text: “In the name of Allah the Merciful,
‘O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful’ (Quran, Sura 49:6, Sahih International translation). Allah spoke the truth.
Several hostile news websites and writers for hire have reported that I renounced the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) or Jerusalem in a TV interview in Hebrew. What I said was that when [US President Donald] Trump visited the Al-Buraq Wall, which is holy to the Jews, he did not agree that any Israeli would accompany him (sic., Western Wall Chief Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz accompanied him), and that this constitutes a message that he does not recognize the legitimacy of your (i.e., Israel’s) sovereignty over the site. That is all that I said on [Israeli TV] Channel 2, and I did not mention the word sovereignty or Israel at all (sic., Rajoub said the Western Wall will remain under “Jewish sovereignty,” see note below). Those were my words, as I said them. Ignore the dogs, because despite the barking, the convoy will definitely pass.”
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PFLP condemns Fatah official’s statement regarding Jewish sovereignty at the Western Wall  
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, June 4, 2017
Headline: “Al-Ghoul: We strongly condemn Rajoub’s statements and officially call on the Fatah Movement to publish a notice regarding his statements”
         “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Political Bureau member Kayed Al-Ghoul said this evening, Sunday (June 4, 2017), that the Popular Front strongly condemns Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub’s statements regarding the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount).
During an interview with the [Lebanese] Al-Mayadeen [TV] channel, Al-Ghoul officially called on Fatah to publish a notice regarding Rajoub’s latest statements.
It should be noted that Rajoub said during an interview with the Hebrew [Israeli TV] Channel 2 that ‘The Al-Buraq Wall belongs to the Jews, and Zionist sovereignty will apply to it, while the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to the Palestinians (see Rajoub’s actual statement below –Ed.).’”

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Fatah official interviewed on Israeli television, supports peace process, Jewish sovereignty at the Western Wall  
Source: Israeli TV Channel 2, June 3, 2017
Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: "I think that [US President Donald] Trump is an opportunity for us and for the Israeli side. He came with clear intentions that he wants to make the ultimate deal, and he wants to put an end to the suffering of the two peoples. And I think that this is an unprecedented initiative and the two of us (i.e., Palestinians and Israelis) need to know how to relate. However, it is also dependent on the two of us. Is the Palestinian leadership really willing and able? And also regarding the Israeli side – can it tell the Israelis? This is an opportunity. You have a partner on the Palestinian side. We are moving toward a historical reconciliation, a reconciliation between two peoples; two states for the two peoples, two states for the two peoples. The time has come. We need to do this today."
Channel 2 host Rina Matsliah:
"…[Trump] shouted at [PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas]. Why did he shout at him – because he said 'You speak peace with me in Washington, but here, in your schools, you educate all the time to murder Jews.'"
Jibril Rajoub: "Listen, first of all that is a lie and a falsehood. We do not educate our children [to kill]. There is incitement on our side and on your side, and we… there are inciters."

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Rajoub to Israelis: The Western Wall “is a holy site for the Jews… it has to be under Jewish sovereignty. We have no argument with that" 
Source: Israeli TV Channel 2, June 3, 2017


Excerpt from Rajoub's interview in Hebrew on Israeli TV Channel 2 about the meeting between US President Donald Trump and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on May 23, 2017.

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: "When [US President Trump] came, he went to the Western Wall, and we understand that it is a holy site for the Jews, and in the end it has to be under Jewish sovereignty. We have no argument with that."
Channel 2 host Rina Matsliah: "That the Western Wall will remain under Jewish sovereignty?"
Jibril Rajoub: "Yes, of course. It is a holy site for the Jews."
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Fatah official presents head of Chinese company with map of "Palestine" replacing Israel 
Source: Facebook page of Jibril Rajoub, Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, May 20, 2017
Image and text posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee Jibril Rajoub


The image shows Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee Jibril Rajoub standing with President Jingnan Xu of the Chinese sports company Peak, as Rajoub presents Xu with an honorary plaque featuring the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

Posted text: “[Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee] #Jibril_Rajoub during his meeting in the Chinese city of Quanzhou with President [Jingnan Xu] of the Chinese company Peak, which is sponsoring the Palestinian national teams and the associations that are members of the Palestine Olympic Committee”
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Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).
Jibril Rajoub presents map of "Palestine" erasing Israel to international federation 
Source: Facebook page of Jibril Rajoub, Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, May 15, 2017
Images and text posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub


The top image shows Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee Jibril Rajoub presenting International Federation for Equestrian Sports President Ingmar De Vos with an honorary plaque featuring the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

Posted text: “[Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee] Jibril Rajoub during the reception of International Federation for Equestrian Sports President [Ingmar De Vos] at the [Palestine] Olympic Committee headquarters.”
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Fatah official presents dignitary with plaque of map of Palestine erasing Israel 
Source: Facebook page of Jibril Rajoub, Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, May 15, 2017

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub

The top image shows Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee Jibril Rajoub presenting International Federation for Equestrian Sports President Ingmar De Vos with an honorary plaque featuring the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

Posted text: “[Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee] Jibril Rajoub during the reception of International Federation for Equestrian Sports President [Ingmar De Vos] at the [Palestine] Olympic Committee headquarters.”
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Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).
Fatah official holds plaque with map of "Palestine" erasing Israel 
Source: Facebook page of Jibril Rajoub, Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, May 13, 2017
 Images and text posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub

Posted text: “[Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee] Jibril Rajoub during his visit to the headquarters of the delegations of Algeria, Tunisia, and Turkey this morning, Saturday [May 13, 2017]. The visit was part of a tour that Rajoub made through the olympic village (not part of the Olympics –Ed.) designated for the delegations of the countries participating in the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, after he visited the delegation of Palestine at its headquarters in the olympic village.”


One of the images shows Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub presenting a Turkish representative with a plaque of honor in the shape of the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
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Palestinian news agency reports on PMW’s complaint against Rajoub  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), May 9, 2017
Headline: "The Israeli justice system has submitted a complaint against Rajoub for incitement to hatred"
      "An Israeli legal forum today [May 9, 2017] submitted a complaint to FIFA against Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association [and Fatah Central Committee Secretary] Jibril Rajoub on incitement to hatred and racism and on his waging a political struggle against Israel within the halls of FIFA in order to impose a boycott on [Israel] and freeze its membership [in FIFA]."

The complaints against Rajoub and the Palestinian Football Association were submitted by PMW, together with the Lawfare Project and UK Lawyers for Israel, in May 2017. The complaint was based on findings by PMW.

Jibril Rajoub also holds the following roles: Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).
Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub congratulates Hamas chairman Ismail Haniyeh on new position 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), May 7, 2017
Headline: "Rajoub congratulated Haniyeh] and emphasized the need to return the national unity"
     "Hamas [news] agencies verified that Chairman of Hamas' Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh received a phone call from Fatah Central Committee Secretary [Jibril Rajoub] congratulating him on his new position.
According to the websites, after Rajoub congratulated Haniyeh, the two had a serious conversation about the Palestinian internal situation and the ways to return the national unity (i.e., referring to the Hamas-Fatah rift)."
Fatah official presents delegation from Michigan University and Arab American University with plaque of "Palestine" erasing Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 5, 2017
Headline: “The head of the [PLO] Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs received a delegation from American Michigan University”


The picture in the article shows Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs and Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub presenting a plaque of honor featuring the PA map of “Palestine" that presents all of Israel as "Palestine" together with the PA areas to a delegation from American Michigan University and Palestinian Arab American University.
     “Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs [and Fatah Central Committee Secretary] Jibril Rajoub yesterday [May 4, 2017] received a delegation from American Michigan University and Arab American University in Palestine in his office at the council headquarters.”
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Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).

Fatah Central Committee Secretary poses with map of "Palestine" erasing Israel 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Apr. 15, 2017
Image posted on the Facebook page of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs


The image shows Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs Jibril Rajoub standing with an unidentified man. The two are holding a plaque between them featuring the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
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An article published by the independent Palestinian news agency Ma’an on April 15, 2017, indicates that Rajoub was the one presenting the plaque, and that the man receiving the plaque was an official visitor from an Arab country. The man was not further identified.

Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).

Fatah secretariat defends Jibril Rajoub, threatens to "sue" those who "fabricate claims" against him 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 11, 2017
Headline: “The Fatah Central Committee secretariat rejects the false claims against Rajoub”
     “The Fatah Movement Central Committee secretariat denied the reports in several media outlets, according to which there is truth to the claims against [Fatah] Central Committee member and Secretary Jibril Rajoub.
The secretariat said that our people does not believe these fabrications, whose goal is to harm authentic patriotic figures of stature, and which strive to bring sanctions against the entire Palestinian people. It also warned against spreading these news items, whose source is known, and which Zionist parties are trying to publish.
The secretariat… emphasized its right to sue whoever is tempted to fabricate claims against Rajoub on charges of slander and defamation. It also emphasized that the goals of these lies are known and clear, and that they will not harm the willpower of the Palestinian people in its legitimate struggle.”

While the article did not specify which “claims” and “lies” against Jibril Rajoub the Fatah Central Committee secretariat was responding to, they likely were referring to a $250 million lawsuit against him over his alleged role in the torture and murder of Palestinian-American Azzam Rahim by the PA Security Forces in 1995. Rajoub was served this lawsuit by Shurat HaDin upon his arrival in New York on April 5, 2017.
Around the same time, Palestinian Media Watch filed a complaint against Rajoub with FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee, detailing Rajoub's support of terror in his capacity as Chairman of the Palestinian Football Associaition.

Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).
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