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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.
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, Deputy 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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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, Deputy 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, Deputy 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, Deputy 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, Deputy 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).
Fatah official presents visitor with plaque showing map of “Palestine” erasing Israel 
Source: PSN, sports network of the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Affairs, Mar. 29, 2017
Headline: “Rajoub briefed his Maldivian colleague regarding developments in the FIFA International Monitoring Committee”


     “[Fatah Central Committee Secretary and] Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub today, Tuesday [March 29, 2017], discussed with Football Association of Maldives President Bassam Adeel Jaleel ways of strengthening the connection between the two friendly associations in the field of football.”

The article includes an image of Jibril Rajoub presenting Bassam Adeel Jaleel with an honorary plaque featuring the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, and on the flag appears the Palestinian flag.
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Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the 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 presents "female fighters" with map of "Palestine" erasing Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 17, 2017
Headline: “Rajoub honored female fighters Fatima Al-Haddar and Fahmiya Awad”


     “Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs and Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub honored female fighters Fatima Al-Haddar and Fahmiya Awad from Yatta today, Wednesday [March 15, 2017].”
[WAFA, official PA news agency, March 15, 2017; official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 17, 2017]

The article includes a picture of Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub presenting an honorary plaque including the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

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).

PMW has been unable to verify why the women are called “fighters” in the article.
Fatah official glorifies female terrorists for International Women's Day, gives out plaques erasing Israel  
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Mar. 12, 2017
Headline: “PNN in a video: ‘Female Stars of Bethlehem’ – central honor ceremony for female fighters and creators in honor of March 8 (i.e., International Women’s Day)”
      “In a large ceremony under the auspices of [Fatah Central Committee Secretary] Jibril Rajoub, the Bethlehem District and its Social Solidarity Committee launched the first annual ‘Female Stars of Bethlehem Ceremony 2017’ honor ceremony, through which a group of female fighters alongside female creators who excel in their professional and daily lives will be honored every year…
Rajoub noted that the honoring of the five fighters and 10 creators is part of the ongoing Palestinian national struggle. He noted that the women of Palestine draw from the giving and struggle of the first female Martyrs (Shahids) of Palestine, and prime among them Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children) and Laila Khaled (i.e., terrorist who took part in airplane hijackings), who succeeded in raising the Palestinian voice high and sounding it for the whole world.”
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Fatah official holds plaque with map of “Palestine” erasing Israel 
Source: Facebook page of Jibril Rajoub, Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, Mar. 6, 2017

Text and link posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub


Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub posted a link to an article with an image of Rajoub and the chairman of the Lebanese Football Association holding a plaque of honor featuring the PA map of “Palestine" that presents all of Israel as "Palestine" together with the PA areas. It is unclear who is presenting the plaque to whom.

Headline of the article: "Rajoub discusses developing the activity of the Lebanese branch of the Palestinian [Football] Association with the chairman of the Lebanese Football Association"
Posted text: "The two discussed many matters relating to utilizing the Lebanese sports facilities and the development of technical and administrative staff members in the Palestinian clubs in Lebanon."
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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, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).
Fatah official holds plaque of honor featuring map of “Palestine" erasing Israel 
Source: Facebook page of Jibril Rajoub, Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, Mar. 6, 2017
 

Text and link posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub posted a link to an article including an image of Rajoub and Lebanese Minister of Youth and Sports Muhammad Fneish holding a plaque of honor featuring the PA map of “Palestine" that presents all of Israel as "Palestine" together with the PA areas. It is unclear who is presenting the plaque to whom.

Headline of the article: "Rajoub discusses with Lebanese Minister of Youth and Sports [Muhammad Fneish] ways to strengthen the bilateral cooperation"
Posted text: "[Rajoub] briefed him [Minister Fneish] on the ways to develop the Palestinian youth and sport sector in the Lebanese arena."
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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, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).
PLO holds "Brothers of Dalal Camp" for university students, named after terrorist who led murder of 37 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Mar. 6, 2017
Text and image posted on the Facebook page of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs


The image shows a picture of Dalal Mughrabi - a terrorist who led the murder of 37 Israeli civilians, 12 of them children - in the center, with a Palestinian flag behind it. Below her picture, children are seen running, while one carries a Palestinian flag.
Text on image: "The first Brothers of Dalal Camp for young people
Palestine – Jericho – Madinat Al-Amal [sports club in Jericho], March 7-12, 2017
Held by the Department for Youth Affairs of the Center [West Bank] Council of the [PLO] Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs”

Posted text: "The Center Council prepares for the opening of the first Brothers of Dalal Camp for young people on Tuesday
The Youth Department of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs in the Center [West Bank] completed the preparations - which took almost two months - for holding the first Brothers of Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi Camp for young people...
Director-General of the Center Council Mu'tasim Abu Gharbieh noted that... the staff met with a number of relevant national institutions and figures, the most prominent of them being the district governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley, representatives of the security institutions and national institutions, the Madinat Al-Amal administration, District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, and Rashida Mughrabi, the sister of Martyr Dalal Mughrabi. Abu Gharbieh also praised the support that the Center Council received from Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs Jibril Rajoub..."

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Fatah official: Terrorist Marwan Barghouti is a "national asset" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 24, 2017
     “Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub… emphasized that [Fatah] leadership member Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered) is a national asset that must be guarded, and added: ‘We will not give up on Marwan, and he must continue to be a uniting factor for the movement.’”

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).

Marwan Barghouti – Palestinian terrorist who is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people: one attack in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001) in which Greek monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus was murdered by terrorist Ismail Radaida and another unidentified terrorist, another attack at a gas station in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002) in which Yoela Hen, 45, was murdered by terrorists led by Mohammed Matla, and one shooting and stabbing attack at the Sea Food Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002) in which Eli Dahan, 53, Yosef Habi, 52, and Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, 33, were murdered by terrorist Ibrahim Hasouna. When arrested by Israel in 2002, Barghouti headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
Germany signs sports agreement with terror promoting PA official 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 1, 2017
Headline: “Rajoub signs first cooperation agreement in the field of sports with a representative of Germany”
       “[Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and] President of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs and Chairman of the [Palestine] Olympic Committee Jibril Rajoub and Director of the German Representative Office in the State of Palestine Peter Beerwerth today (sic., yesterday), Tuesday [Jan. 31, 2017], signed the first bilateral cooperation agreement between Palestine and Germany in the field of sports.
The signing of the agreement was a result of previous meetings between Rajoub and senior officials of the sports sector in Germany, in which the German Olympic Committee and the German Football Association demonstrated a willingness to contribute to the development of many sports branches in Palestine…
Peter Beerwerth emphasized that this agreement is one of the most important cooperation agreements between Germany and Palestine as friendly countries. He expressed pride over the signing of this agreement.”
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Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).
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