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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.
Fatah official: Israel treats Palestinians the same way Jews were treated in Holocaust 
Source: Al-Arabiya TV, Dec. 11, 2014
Al-Arabiya news channel interviewed Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub:
     “Of course we want to bear our responsibility, but it is this occupation (i.e., Israel) that unilaterally attacks us, that is continually settling scores with us for the German Holocaust. [Although] we have nothing to do with it, we are paying the price for it, and it [Israel] is carrying out the same actions against us [that were carried out against Jews in the Holocaust].”

Senior Fatah official: Ziad Abu Ein’s death was an “intentional assassination” by ‎Israel 
Source: Al-Quds website, Dec. 10, 2014
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub:‎
     ‎"The PA has decided to stop all forms of coordination with Israel following the ‎intentional assassination of Fatah Revolutionary Council member and Head of the ‎Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall Ziad Abu Ein. This statement was made ‎by Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub, who stressed that ‎this step came in response to the intentional assassination of Martyr (Shahid) Abu ‎Ein."‎
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Note: Ziad Abu Ein - Fatah Revolutionary Council member and head of the PA Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall. Abu Ein died on Dec. 10, 2014 at ‎a demonstration in the West Bank that ‎turned violent. Immediately following his ‎death, PA and Fatah leaders claimed that ‎Abu Ein was murdered. Footage from the ‎event shows Abu Ein in an altercation with ‎an Israeli soldier who grabbed Abu Ein by ‎the neck, and later shows Abu Ein on the ground clutching his chest in pain. The ‎autopsy, which was overseen by Israeli and ‎Palestinian pathologists, revealed that the ‎cause of death was a heart attack, but ‎disagreement remains over the extent to which the altercation with Israeli forces may have caused ‎the heart attack. Palestinians have ‎continued to describe Abu Ein's death as a ‎‎"murder" and "assassination" by Israel.‎

“Not even Nazism” targeted sports and sportsmen, but Israel has a “systematic policy… to eradicate Palestinian sports” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 25, 2014
     “[Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, and] President of the Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub condemned the fact that a military force armed with weapons of the Israeli occupation army had raided the Association’s headquarters in Al-Ram, searched it and humiliated its workers. During a press conference at the Association’s headquarters immediately after the raid, Rajou b said that… the raid on the Association’s headquarters was an open confirmation and proof of Israel’s systematic policy, which aims to eradicate Palestinian sports and destroy all means for its spread and development through its daily crimes against sportsmen in Palestine. He added: ‘[No such thing] has ever occurred in human history, not even in Hitler’s time. Not even Nazism, which everyone spurns, ever interfered and attacked sports and sportsmen, as is being done to the Palestinians.’”

Note: An Israeli army spokesperson explained that Palestinians who had been arrested outside the building in which the Palestinian Football Association is located claimed their personal papers were inside the office. The Israeli soldiers entered in order to retrieve the papers, and the search was not directed at the Palestinian Football Association. (http://sports.walla.co.il/item/2805124)

Fatah official: Israelis are “neo-Nazis” 
Source: beIN Sports news network, Nov. 24, 2014
The beIN Sports news network interviewed Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs Jibril Rajoub on the Israeli army raid on the headquarters of the Palestinian Football Association
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs Jibril Rajoub: “It may be that they wanted to make a point, because today… Even though the clerks asked them [what they wanted] and told them this was FIFA [headquarters], they cursed FIFA and used foul language – but this is how the 21st century neo-Nazis behave. Unfortunately for them, and fortunately for us, everything was recorded on camera, in sound and image, and there is no chance they will avoid punishment this time.”

Note: An Israeli army spokesperson explained that Palestinians who had been arrested outside the building in which the Palestinian Football Association is located claimed their personal papers were inside the office. The Israeli soldiers entered in order to retrieve the papers, and the search was not directed at the Palestinian Football Association.(http://sports.walla.co.il/item/2805124)

Fatah official calls Netanyahu “Fuhrer” and accuses other Israeli politicians of being worse than Goebbels 
Source: Al-Quds website, Nov. 5, 2014
     “Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub accused Benjamin Netanyahu’s extremist right-wing Israeli government of repeating the acts of the Third Reich – the name the Nazi party gave to Germany under Hitler’s regime… Rajoub described the Israeli Prime Minister as a ‘Fuhrer’ leading a group of corrupt extremists, the likes of [Foreign Minister Avigdor] Liberman and [Minister of the Economy] Naftali Bennett, who have outdone Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister, in their lies and racist Nazi acts…
Rajoub condemned the racist statements made by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman against President Abbas for sending a telegram of condolence to the family of Martyr (Shahid) Mutaz Hijazi, and called on him [Liberman] to go back to his original homeland. Rajoub added: ‘If the Israelis had any self-respect, they wouldn’t have chosen a ‘thug and nightclub security guard’ to serve as their foreign minister.’”

Note: Mutaz Hijazi – Islamic Jihad member and released prisoner who attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent activist working to assure rights for Jews to visit and pray on the Temple Mount, on Oct. 29, 2014. The assassination attempt took place following a conference on establishing times and places for Jews to pray on the Temple Mount. Glick was seriously wounded in the attack; Hijazi was killed soon afterwards when he opened fire on an Israeli police force that was attempting to arrest him.

PA official refuses to condemn shooting of Rabbi Yehuda Glick 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 31, 2014
Headline: “Rajoub: The Palestinian people will not raise the white flag”
     “During an interview with [Israeli TV] Channel 2 yesterday [Oct. 30, 2014], Fatah Central Committee [Deputy Secretary and] member Jibril Rajoub refused to condemn the attempted murder of the extremist Yehuda Glick, which occurred the night before in Jerusalem.
Rajoub said: ‘I do not condemn or denounce. I am not interested in seeing anyone killed or attacked, regardless of who he is. However, what was Glick doing there?’
Rajoub added: ‘The one responsible for everything that happens in East Jerusalem, and I know that the situation is volatile and grave, is the Israeli government and its policy, and the Palestinians are suffering and paying the price, as they are under a barbaric and racist occupation. Instead of talking about who carried out this operation, we must think of the way to put an end to the suffering of the two peoples.’”

Mutaz Hijazi – Islamic Jihad member and released prisoner from Jerusalem who attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent activist working to assure rights for Jews to visit and pray on the Temple Mount, on Oct. 29, 2014. The assassination attempt took place following a conference on establishing times and places for Jews to pray on the Temple Mount. Glick was seriously wounded in the attack; Hijazi was killed soon afterwards when he opened fire on an Israeli police force that was attempting to arrest him.

Fatah leader calls for storing weapons for attack that all Palestinians will participate in 
Source: Al-Quds, Oct. 3, 2014
     "Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub stressed that the Palestinian leadership had decided to close the subject of bilateral relations with the occupation (i.e., Israel)... He added that the Fatah Central Committee had decided that future relations with Israel would be as those between an occupier and a people under occupation; that is, between enemies. Rajoub stressed that [although] the Palestinian leadership would not oppose the weapons of the Resistance, 'they must remain in storage, without military demonstrations in the streets, and when there is an attack, the battle will be one in all the Palestinian territories, in which all members of the Palestinian people will participate.'"
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Fatah leader: "The weapon of the Resistance is sacred... we will all fight together" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 30, 2014

Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: "They [Hamas] tell you: 'The weapon of the Resistance'. Brother [Hamas], your weapon, the weapon of the Resistance, is sacred to us. We will not harm it, go after it, or keep track of it. But could you store it away? At the moment of truth, we will all enlist together, we will all fight together."
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Deputy Secretary of Fatah: Football match between Israeli and Palestinian children is "a crime against humanity" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2014
Headline: "Rajoub: 'Normalization in sports with the Zionist occupation is a crime'"
     "[Deputy Secretary of Fatah's Central Committee,] Chairman of the Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the [Palestinian] Football Association Jibril Rajoub said any activity of normalization in sports with the Zionist enemy is a crime against humanity. He said that the position of the sports leadership on the issue is perfectly clear.
Rajoub's statements were made in response to a sports activity held a few days ago (i.e., a football match between Palestinian and Israeli children sponsored by the Israeli Peres Center for Peace)...
Rajoub emphasized the following points:
1. The game was an Israeli attempt to cover up their crimes against [Palestinian] athletes. It is a disgrace to use sports for this purpose.

2. If there are Israeli parties who believe sport is a means of spreading values and peace, they should come out against the occupation's crimes against Palestinian athletes, whether the restriction of their movement, the destruction of their [sports] facilities or the physical elimination of dozens of them...

3. For a while now the Palestinian sports leadership and community - the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, the Palestinian Olympic Committee and the Palestinian Football Association - have opposed such activities.

4. I demand that all individuals and institutions distance themselves from such activities, especially because their recurrence would arouse disgust and aversion towards all members of the [Palestinian] sports community."
[Also posted to Jibril Rajoub's official Facebook page, Sept. 6, 2014]
 

Palestinian official calls friendly football match between Israeli and Palestinian youth a "crime and an unpatriotic and immoral act" 
Source: Sama, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 3, 2014
     "Palestinian Olympic Committee member Abd Al-Salam Haniyeh denounced the match held between Palestinian and Israeli children. He considered it a crime and an unpatriotic and immoral act. Haniyeh said these matches are completely unacceptable to the sports community, the Olympic Committee, the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs and the Palestinian Football Association.
He added: 'The [Palestinian] organizers of this match betrayed the blood of the children of Gaza and of the Martyrs (Shahid), which has yet to dry a week after the end of the barbaric Israeli aggression, which resulted in the deaths of more than 2,150 Martyrs, the wounding of more than 13,000 people and thousands of homes that were brought down on the heads of their inhabitants.
Haniyeh demanded that Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub immediately interrogate the [Palestinian] organizers of the match, settle the account with them and prosecute them on charges of serious treason against the blood of the Martyrs and violation of the decisions made by the Palestinian sports community's leadership.
It should be noted that the sports meeting between Palestinian and Israeli youth was held in an Israeli settlement a few kilometers from the Gaza Strip's border with Israel. The meeting was organized by the Peres Center for Peace."
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PA leader: "Am I stopping you from slaughtering a settlement?"  
Source: Awdah independent Palestinian TV channel, Aug. 13, 2014

Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub:‎ ‎
“I’m telling everyone: Fatah has ‎decided that our relations with the Israelis are relations between enemies. There is no kind of ‎coordination between the Israelis and us. Everyone can be certain that any form of mutual ‎coordination ended a day after they declared war on the National Unity Government... OK, brother, ‎here is the occupation, am I stopping you from slaughtering a settlement? No one is stopping anyone. ‎Don’t lie and tell me: ‘the [PA] Security Forces and Mahmoud Abbas,’ and so on [stop you]. Drop it, ‎OK? No one is stopping anyone. Our political decision is resistance in the occupied territories in order ‎to bring an end to the occupation [using] all forms of resistance.”‎
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Fatah official: Israelis are "the new Nazis" 
Source: Facebook page of Jibril Rajoub, Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, Aug. 6, 2014
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub:‎ “What happened in the Gaza Strip… is another aspect of Nazism. Few ‎European cities and states in the 1940s experienced what Gaza has ‎experienced. All manifestations and means of official terrorism were revealed in ‎this fascist, Nazi Israeli mentality… We will drag this government and these ‎fascists, the new Nazis, to all international forums.”‎
‎ [Al-Ghad Al-Arabi TV, and posted on Jibril Rajoub’s Facebook page, ‎Aug. 6, 2014]‎
 

PA leader Jibril Rajoub: Israel is carrying out a "mass extermination [in Gaza] as the Nazis did in Europe in the 1940s" 
Source: Awdah independent Palestinian TV channel, July 14, 2014


Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: "Never before this assault - not in 2012, not in 2008 and not in all our history - did the occupation have the courage to carry out mass extermination as the Nazis did in Europe in the 1940s, while the world remains silent - except for a few voices here and there - and our Arab home front is paralyzed..."
Awdah TV host: "In what ways can the Arab response - if we can call it that - be strengthened, while they are saying in Israel, 'what is happening in Gaza
is one percent of what is happening in Syria and Iraq and Libya'?"
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: "Disgraceful, those are despicable words, despicable as they [the Israelis] are. [Arab civil wars] are not their concern and not mine. Let it [Israel] also say that it is one percent of what Hitler did. Fine? Let it also say so. Let it admit that it is doing to the Palestinians - sorry for the expression - what Hitler did to them [the Jews]."
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Note: This was broadcast during the 2014 Gaza war as Hamas was firing hundreds of rockets at Israel and as Israel was responding with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.

Fatah official justifies kidnapping: "If they don't want to be kidnapped, don't ‎want stones to be thrown at them and ‎don't want to be attacked, they should ‎leave, leave our land‎" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 26, 2014
Official PA TV program The State of ‎Politics interviewed Deputy Secretary of ‎the Fatah Central Committee and ‎Chairman of the Palestinian Football ‎Association Jibril Rajoub
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central ‎Committee Jibril Rajoub: “There are ‎three kidnapped Israelis. Kidnapped or ‎not... Three ‎Israelis have disappeared. They were at ‎the wrong place at the wrong time. They ‎are in occupied territories, the Palestinian ‎people’s territories... At first, the whole world identified with the ‎story of the three settlers, none of whom ‎should have been [in] our [territory], as I ‎said, alright?‎
None of them should have been [here]. ‎This is our land.”‎
Official PA TV host: “Their very presence ‎‎[there] was illegal.”‎
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central ‎Committee Jibril Rajoub: “This is our ‎land and they need to think and leave it. If ‎they don’t want to be kidnapped, don’t ‎want stones to be thrown at them and ‎don’t want to be attacked, they should ‎leave, leave our land. Then they should ‎see whether or not there are security ‎guarantees… ‎
Of course, they frightened all of Europe ‎with the story of the Holocaust, and they ‎are [now] doing the same thing to us. We ‎are 12 million: a little over 6 outside and a ‎little over 5 inside the homeland. 70 ‎percent of our people in Gaza are ‎refugees, alright? In the West Bank, a ‎third of the population are also refugees, ‎and even half of those who are in the ‎‎1948 [territories] (i.e., Israel) are refugees, ‎even in their [own] country.”‎

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PA official: "Israel understands only the language of kidnappings" 
Source: Wattan News Agency, June 19, 2014
     “In an exclusive statement to the Wattan News Agency Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub said… ‘I do not support the kidnapping of civilians, whether Palestinians or Israelis, but it seems that Israel understands only the language of kidnappings in order to allow us to free our prisoners, since it has insisted on not freeing them.’ He added: ‘Kidnapping soldiers has become the only solution Israel understands for freeing our prisoners, whose numbers are increasing every day.’”

Note: This statement was made during the search for Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, who were kidnapped on June 12, 2014 while hitchhiking in the West Bank. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction. Several articles published in the official PA daily and items posted on Fatah's official Facebook page called the three kidnapped Israelis "soldiers," but in fact two, aged 16, were in high school, and the one aged 19 was also a student.

Fatah official: "Mr. Netanyahu is the lord of terrorism" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 2, 2014
Official PA TV program The State of Politics hosted Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs Jibril Rajoub
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: “We expected Netanyahu to bark [about the unity government], and this doesn’t bother us. However, the important [thing] in this regard is that Netanyahu has not convinced anyone about this issue, [not] even the Americans…”
PA TV host [interrupts him]: “Despite the huge [information] campaign he is leading.”
Jibril Rajoub: “Experience shows that [Netanyahu] has proven that he’s a liar who slanders. He wants to direct the conflict, not end it. That is, for 9 months, [Netanyahu said]: ‘Who does Mahmoud Abbas represent? Where is Gaza?’ Now [he says]: ‘How can Mahmoud Abbas forge an alliance with Hamas?’ This is because he… [PA TV host interrupts him] Because he, his allies and his coalition – are they not the height of racism and fascism? And, my brothers, Mr. Netanyahu is the lord of terrorism.’”

Fatah official calls all of Israel a "settlement" 
Source: Facebook page of Jibril Rajoub, Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, May 28, 2014
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub’s speech on the occasion of Nakba Day (i.e., ‘the catastrophe,’ Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) in Qatar.
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: “Believe me that this [the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas] is one of the most important and strongest reasons for strengthening our continuing presence on our land, and this is the most important weapon in the confrontation with the settlement, this cancer which paved its way 66 years ago in an attempt to erase Palestine – as a land, history and people – from the political map.”

Fatah official: Armed "resistance is still [in] the genetic code of all Fatah ‎members‎" 
Source: YouTube, Apr. 24, 2014
El-Hadath, ‎ sister channel of Al Arabiya ‎News, posted an interview with Deputy ‎Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee ‎Jibril Rajoub to Youtube.‎
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central ‎Committee Jibril Rajoub: “We were the ones who led the ‎armed struggle, and the resistance is still ‎part of our national principles. ‎Nevertheless, we agreed on May 4, 2011 – ‎all factions of the Palestinian activity, and ‎it was [Hamas leader] Khaled Mashaal ‎who read out the plan on their behalf – ‎‎[we agreed] that at this stage, popular ‎resistance was a strategic choice. We are ‎a project of liberation, not a project of ‎suicide. We are a project for the ‎establishment of a state, not a project that ‎won’t lead anywhere, or lead to anarchy. ‎Sir, [armed] resistance is still [in] the ‎genetic code of all Fatah members. But ‎the resistance our people will be able to ‎endure is a resistance that encircles the ‎occupation..."
El-Hadath interviewer: “That is, Fatah is ‎not against the [armed] resistance; it ‎‎[resistance] is one of its principles, but the ‎choice at this time is the negotiation ‎option.”‎...
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central ‎Committee Jibril Rajoub: “What we agreed upon on May 4 is the ‎political plan for the Palestinian people’s ‎struggle. The Palestinian state is our first ‎priority; popular resistance has the ‎consent of the people... I hope that ‎our brothers in Hamas will understand ‎this, and that they will re-examine [things] ‎to guarantee the unity of our political ‎conduct and our struggle. Resistance as ‎an idea and as [a mode of] behavior is still ‎part of the national and organizational ‎principles of all Fatah members.”‎

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Fatah organizes sports tournament named for arch-terrorist responsible for over 125 deaths 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 17, 2014
     “The organizing committee for the Second Palestine Tournament has announced the timetable of the tournament, which is being organized by the Palestinian Auto, Motor and Bicycle Racing Association under the auspices of [Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs] Jibril Rajoub, with the support of the General Security Headquarters, and which will be named The Martyr (Shahid) Khalil Al-Wazir [Abu Jihad] Tour.”

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

PA official: Hitler could have learned from Israel "about concentration camps, extermination camps" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 4, 2014
Chairman of the PA Olympic Committee and Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub was interviewed on the official PA TV program Free Space about the failure of the negotiations between the PA and Israel.
PA TV host: "Do you expect things to get worse?"
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub: "Sir, we have nothing to lose. What's worse? Do you think we are living in Sweden and have something to lose? We are living under a racist and fascist occupation. I'm telling you, if Hitler had come [here], he would have learned from them how to oppress humans and learned from them about concentration camps, extermination camps."
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