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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 claims "one hundred percent" of leaflets supporting first Intifada "were signed by Arafat" 
Source: YouTube, Mar. 8, 2014
Lecture by Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub at a conference on popular resistance and the Israeli- Palestinian negotiations at Al-Quds University.
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: “One hundred percent of the leaflets published by the Unified National Leadership [of the first Intifada] were signed by Arafat. I was the first Palestinian to be expelled after the first Intifada (i.e., the first Palestinian wave of violence against Israel, 1988-1993). From the start of the Intifada and until I came back, I was the General Commander’s (i.e., Arafat’s) Assistant on Occupied Land Affairs, and I tell you that 90 percent of the leaflets were written by Sari Nusseibeh. You don’t know this – I’m telling you.”

Note: 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.

Fatah official: “International legitimacy allows us to resist with all means” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 26, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast a program under the heading, “What will happen after the negotiations?”
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: “Had Fatah not taken decision-making and the Palestinian national will into its own hands using bullets, it would not have been possible for our cause to change from a refugee cause into a statehood cause. I’m not saying that on April 30 [2014] (i.e., when the negotiations with Israel are scheduled to end), we should pick up rifles and take to the streets, but neither do I rule this out – provided that the struggle be a means, and not an end. Therefore, the most important thing for us to do is… start an internal national dialogue to define our national agenda and our national strategy. In addition to the fact that the Palestinian cause, or Palestine as a state, is now on the international agenda, we have achieved something great and important over [the past] 50 years: We have attained moral supremacy over this criminal, fascist, Nazi occupation…
International legitimacy allows us to resist with all the means, including armed struggle – provided that it take place on the occupied lands, against the symbols of the occupation and the occupation, in order to bring about the end of the occupation. But this has to be a practical, realistic choice capable of harming the occupation. At the same time, I’m telling you, there will be those among us who will go out and start heating [things] up right now. Therefore, we must mold the Palestinian national consciousness in order to define the red lines. It is forbidden for anyone to define the Palestinian national agenda.”

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Sports club holds chess tournament in honor of prisoners, awards plaques to released murderers  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 23, 2014
     “The Deir Ghazaleh [sports] club held the Prisoners’ Chess Tournament under the supervision of the [chess] game’s union and with the participation of 56 players from various districts. The tournament was attended by politicians and sportsmen, along with Bashir Mahamid of the Olympic Committee, representing [Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and Chairman of the Olympic Committee] Jibril Rajoub…
At the concluding ceremony… [released] veteran prisoner Othman Bani Hassan gave a speech, [in which] he thanked those present for having honored the tournament with their presence, and also thanked the union, the club and the village council…
Later on, plaques of honor were awarded to the union, Jibril Rajoub, the Deir Ghazaleh village council, the Deir Ghazaleh sports club and the event’s moderator, the respected teacher Sanaa Zakarneh. In addition, the Deir Ghazaleh sports club awarded plaques to the released prisoners, who included Bani Hassan, Ahmad Kmeil, Faisal Abu Al-Rub, Nu'man Al-Shalabi and Muhammad Al-Sabbagh, after which medals and prizes were distributed to the winning players.”

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Fatah official calls on EU to impose sanctions on Israel in sporting competitions 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 19, 2014
     ‎“[Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central ‎Committee Jibril Rajoub:] ‘We are currently ‎in touch with European NGOs to generate ‎awareness regarding the conditions and ‎challenges Palestinian sports are facing ‎because of the Israeli siege. We demand ‎international activity against Israel, and ‎demand that the EU [sic] (should be ‎EUFA) freeze any championship hosting ‎the Zionist entity state, towards freezing ‎any Israeli activity in Europe, unless it ‎‎[Israel] agrees to honor the conventions ‎and agreements… Either [President of ‎FIFA Sepp] Blatter will put an end to Israeli ‎violations through the FIFA ‎ Task Force ‎committee during its meeting, which will ‎convene in Zurich on Feb. 3 [2014], or we ‎will demand that sanctions be imposed on ‎Israel.’”‎

PA officials accuse PM Sharon of murdering Arafat and other Palestinian leaders 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2014
     "The Palestinians hastened to welcome the news of Sharon's death. Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub told [news] agency [Agence] France-Presse: 'Sharon committed crimes against the Palestinian people and he is a murderer and responsible for the murder of deceased leader Yasser Arafat.' He added: 'We wished for him to be put on trial before the [International] Criminal Court in The Hague for his crimes against the Palestinian people and its leaders... Sharon established the official terror network against our people and he is the hero of Israel's state terrorism crimes in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982.' In addition, he said that he [Ariel Sharon] 'is responsible for the murder of Arafat, of Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine [PFLP] Abu Ali Mustafa and of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, as well as for the murder attempt on Khaled Mashaal, head of the Political Bureau of Hamas and on many Palestinian and Arab leaders.'
Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein, who was a PLO military commander in 1982, said: 'Sharon is a war criminal and a murderer and was directly involved in a number of massacres carried out against the Palestinians, beginning with the massacres at Deir Yassin and Qibya, continuing with the Sabra and Shatila massacre and ending with his final crime, which is the murder of Yasser Arafat... I wished for the day to come on which we would put Sharon on trial before an international court but now he is dead. I'm not sorry for his death and the death of murderers and criminals like him, whose crimes still live on today in our blood.'"
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Fatah official: "There will be no youth or sports activity of any kind with the Israeli side" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 5, 2014
     “A joint meeting was held in the Al-Ram Football Association headquarters between the league’s board of directors and the heads of the professional and semi-professional clubs in the presence of Jibril Rajoub, [Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and] Chairman of the [Palestinian] Football Association…
Rajoub said: ‘There will be no youth or sports activity of any kind with the Israeli side, and we will not renounce our goal of building a free and independent national sports entity.”

Thousands attend ceremony where PA officials honor bomber 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 3, 2014
     ‎“Fatah’s South Hebron [district] branch ‎continued its celebrations marking the ‎release of the most veteran prisoner of the ‎southern [prisoners], Na’im Al-Shawamreh, ‎and the 49th anniversary of the launch of ‎the Palestinian Revolution. ‎
Maher ‎ Al-Namura, the official [Fatah] ‎spokesman [of the South Hebron region], ‎reported that the lighting of the Intilaqa ‎‎(launch of the revolution) torch in ‎downtown Dura took place yesterday [Jan. 2, ‎‎2014] in honor of the veteran prisoner ‎from the south, Na’im Al-Shawamreh, in ‎the presence of [PA] Minister of Prisoners’ ‎‎[Affairs] Issa Karake... [The ceremony was ‎attended by] a large crowd of ‎Fatah supporters and masked men who ‎bore the Intilaqa torch while cheering the ‎Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners.‎
Al-Shawamreh lit the torch among the ‎crowd, which asserted its support of ‎President Mahmoud Abbas and the ‎Palestinian leadership, and expressed its ‎appreciation of this great achievement. ‎The thousands of well-wishers continued ‎to arrive, one after the other, at the house ‎of prisoner Al-Shawamreh, at the site set ‎up by Fatah’s Southern Branch in his ‎native village, Khallat ‎ Al-Aqd, in ‎southern Dura…‎
Present at the ceremony were Fatah ‎Central Committee member Jibril Rajoub, ‎‎[PA] Minster of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa ‎Karake, Chairman of the Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares, District Governor of Hebron ‎Kamel Hamid, District Governor of ‎Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, ‎‎[PA] Health Minister Jawad Awad and a ‎large delegation representing all the ‎Security Forces at the Hebron District ‎headquarters.”‎

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PA leader supports Hamas kidnapping of Israeli soldiers 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 2, 2014
Deputy-Secretary of Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub: "If Hamas wants to kidnap soldiers, let them kidnap soldiers. Let them kidnap. Let them kidnap if they [the Israelis] don't want to release prisoners, but want them as prisoners forever, so [the prisoners] will come out as ghosts and skeletons. The Israelis need to understand. It's clear that kidnapping is the language they understand. On the contrary, we encourage them [Hamas]. When they kidnapped [Gilad] Shalit, we congratulated them. When they concluded the Shalit [exchange] deal, in spite of our having a few reservations about it, we also congratulated them."
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Note: In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.

Senior PA official honors two released murderers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 20, 2013
 Photo from the event: Jibril Rajoub awarding released prisoners Ziyad and Mustafa Gheiman and Najeh Muqbil plaques of honor.
[Donia Al Watan, Nov. 20, 2013]
Headline:
“The Halhul Municipality honored released veteran prisoners”
     “The Halhul Municipality held yesterday evening [Nov. 19, 2013] an appreciation ceremony for released prisoners who were recently released, in the presence of [Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee] Jibril Rajoub, [and] the Hebron district mayors.”

Note: Ziyad Mahmoud Ghneimat and Mustafa Ghneimat were each serving a life sentence for shooting and murdering two Israeli citizens, Meir Ben Yair and Michal Cohen, in a forest on June 27, 1985. They were released in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Najeh Muqbil - participated in stabbing and murdering his employer, Israeli citizen Yaacov Shalom, on May 20, 1990. He was sentenced to 38 years in prison but was released in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations
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Senior PA leader Rajoub posts picture of himself with child holding rifle 
Source: Jibril Rajoub's official Facebook page, Nov. 11, 2013
Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub posted this picture on his official Facebook page.

Israeli PM Sharon “and his gang” murdered Arafat 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2013
PA TV did a live broadcast from a conference on national identity, in memory of Yasser Arafat. Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub:
     “Certainly, there is someone who transferred this poisonous material [to Arafat], but the [person who is] responsible, and who we’ll be going after, is [then-Israeli PM Ariel] Sharon and his gang. This Israeli occupation tried in the past and continues to try to injure the Palestinian [national] leadership in order to impose a [different] leadership that will agree to compromises.”

Senior PA official: US okayed Israel's killing of Arafat 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2013
Deputy-Secretary
of the Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub: "It's obvious that Israel wasn't alone [in killing Arafat]; the US was there. That fool known as [George] Bush took away Yasser Arafat's protection and gave [Israeli PM] Sharon the green light to liquidate Yasser Arafat."
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PA leader: Israel, “the fascist, Nazi occupation,” will try to obstruct Palestinian sporting events 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 4, 2013
PA TV program Palestine This Morning interviewed Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and head of the Palestine National Youth Week Festival Committee Jibril Rajoub about the festival’s events.
Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: “There is the issue of sports, there will be many sports activities this year in all the homeland’s districts and there will be a good Muslim and Arab turnout and international participation. Undoubtedly they [the festival activities] will be constricted by the fascist, Nazi occupation (i.e., Israel) that must be removed from us.”

Abbas glorified terrorist Abu Sukkar, in speech read by Rajoub 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 26, 2013
Moderator at the PA memorial for terrorist Ahmad Jabara Abu Sukkar: “The speech of President Mahmoud Abbas will be delivered by Jibril Rajoub, member of Fatah’s Central Committee.”
Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: “Abu Sukkar, the legend who walked on earth… Believe me that Abu Sukkar is worthy of being named the most noble among the noble [prisoners]... To the people of [village] Turmus Ayya and to Abu Sukkar’s family, I say: ‘You lost a hero, but we, Abu Sukkar’s comrades… in Fatah and in the Palestinian National Movement, lost a beacon…’
...I cannot but say that Abu Sukkar lived as a giant and died as a giant...
I salute our prisoners, one more time, brother commander Marwan Barghouti, our comrades in the [Fatah] Central Committee, brother Ahmad Sa’adat… We love and value you and your families, and foremost among them Um Al-Qassam (Marawan Barghouti’s wife) whom we salute.”
During the ceremony terrorist Abu Sukkar’s family was given a plaque of honor by Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub representing PA Chairman Abbas, Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, District Governor of Ramallah Laila Ghannam, and Chairman of the Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares.
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Terrorist Dalal Mughrabi glorified in ping pong tournament sponsored by PA official Jibril Rajoub 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 26, 2013
     "The Beit Iba Youth Sports Club finished its preparations for hosting The Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi Women's Table Tennis Tournament. The [club's] management convened for two consecutive days, during which tasks were handed out to the various committees in order to ensure the success of the tournament that will be sponsored by Chairman of the Olympic Committee Jibril Rajoub and by the Palestinian Table Tennis Association.
The tournament is expected to open on Friday at 9:30 AM, and will be attended by a select group of table tennis players from all areas of Palestine. The tournament is intended for three groups: Women, young women and girls."

Text on photo: "The Palestinian Table Tennis Association"
"The Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi Tournament"
"The Beit Iba Sports Club"
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Note: Dalal Mughrabi - led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

Fatah official rejects “any kind of direct coordination” with Israelis 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Sept. 23, 2013
     “He [Jibril Rajoub, Chairman of the Palestinian football Association and Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee] went on to say: ‘The Palestinian Football Association will not agree to any kind of bilateral relations or direct coordination [with Israelis]. As far as we are concerned, FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) – with the Europeans and the Asian Football Confederation as part of it – is the authority and the intermediary, and it (i.e., FIFA) serves as a communications transfer point with us.’”

Fatah official Rajoub rejects any “sports relations” with Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 16, 2013
     “[Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and Chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee and] Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub demanded yesterday [Aug. 15, 2013] that the International Football Association (FIFA) give a red card to the Israel Football Association for preventing Arab sports delegations from entering the Palestinian territories.
In his press conference yesterday Rajoub said: ‘We demand a red card because the yellow ones have been given for some time now, and we stick to the red card in order to remove the Israeli occupation’s legitimacy and we will not accept interim solutions.’
Jibril Rajoub emphasized that the West Asia Youth Tournament will be held in Palestine despite the fact that Israel did not issue entry [permits] to many coaches of the West Asia [Football] Federation teams and delegations who are currently in Jordan. […]
Rajoub concluded his words: ‘We will play on our land by virtue of FIFA’s decisions and it is our right to host championships, like any other country, and enjoy all the rights that are enjoyed by the national [football] associations in 208 countries around the world. There will be no sports relations with the Israeli side and we will host the championship by virtue of international law.’”

PA official adamantly rejects football match against Israel 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 1, 2013
     “[Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Jibril] Rajoub described the extent of pressure put on him personally so that a joint tripartite match would take place to join together the Catalonian team, Palestinian players and Israeli players. He emphasized that he had insisted all along that the match be Palestinian-Catalonian only.
He said: ‘Many people pushed towards [FC Barcelona player Lionel] Messi, Muhammad and Shlomo [stereotypical names for an Arab and a Jew] playing in a joint match, but we didn’t agree and we will never agree to anything other than Messi and Muhammad playing in a way that will reflect the glory of our nation, despite its daily suffering.’”

PA official calls terrorist Abu Sukkar a "patriotic fighter" and commits to "continue his way of struggle" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 17, 2013
     "Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee and Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Jibril Rajoub, eulogized veteran released prisoner, fighter Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar: “Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar... was almost 78 years old, he spent them [these years] as a tough patriotic fighter [fighting] against the occupation and the darkness of the prison and its jailers. He was one of the pioneers who joined the ranks of Al-Asifa (a Fatah unit) towards the end of the 1960s and fulfilled all duties of struggle… He was the caring father of generations of struggle… Before his pure soul, we emphasize our adherence to the principles and goals that he dedicated his long life to protect. Before Allah and our magnificent nation, we commit to continue his way of struggle, the way of the esteemed Martyrs (Shahids), the way of the illustrious people. [This way] was delineated by the symbol of our Palestinian nationalism - leader, Martyr, symbol, Yasser Arafat and the esteemed Martyrs who are the beacon of the homeland and nation and the banners of the great victory on the gates of our capital Jerusalem and [on] the [gates] of the first fathers’ cities, from the river to the sea, from the date trees of Gaza to the foot of the Galilee mountains.”
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Note: Ahmad Abu Sukkar planned a bombing attack in 1975 in which a refrigerator filled with explosives was detonated in Jerusalem. 15 people were killed and over 60 people were wounded. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, but was released from prison after 28 years as part of a goodwill gesture from Israel to the PA in 2003. He was a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and an advisor to Arafat on prisoners' affairs. He died of a heart attack in 2013 in the PA.

PA official: Palestinians use sports as a political tool “for achieving our national goals” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 7, 2013
PA TV broadcast a joint press conference with senior PA official Jibril Rajoub and President of FIFA, Joseph Blatter. During the conference, the men discussed FIFA President Joseph Blatter’s visit and a number of projects they had inaugurated during Blatter’s visit. In addition, Rajoub noted that Blatter would address the Israelis in an attempt to convince them to reconsider their treatment of Palestinian athletes. He further noted that Blatter had agreed to have the Palestinians host FIFA’s 2016 congress.
     Senior PA Official Rajoub: “We are all happy with what was accomplished today with all that is related to Palestinian sports. Sports, for us, is a means for achieving our national goals and aspirations.”