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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.
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]
“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

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
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.”

Rajoub says sports is a "bridge between peoples," in public letter to FIFA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 7, 2013
Contrary to his many statements in Arabic against any joint sports activities with Israelis, Rajoub wrote an open letter to the President of FIFA in which he spoke of sports as "a bridge between people":
     "It is my great honour and pleasure to warmly welcome Palestine’s esteemed guest, Mr. Joseph Blatter, President of FIFA, on behalf of the Palestine’s sports community... We definitely believe that presenting Palestine through sports and practicing different sport games by youth, along with your boundless encouragement and enforcement have made it more possible for Palestine to realize its desired goals and aspire its promising youth with new expectations and dreams; such youth that strongly believes in the noble values and humane message of sports which can bridge the gaps between peoples and help achieving their expectations and aspirations; this is a hope that we will not give up until the last moment!"

PA official Rajoub calls Israelis "bullies" and "you Nazis" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 1, 2013
PA official Jibril Rajoub:
     "This state [Israel] is a state of bullies. Fascists can learn a lesson from this state. This government -- there is none more brazen in human history... Anyone who joins any joint [sports] activity with the Israelis -- I'll take him off the [Palestinian Football] Association's lists, whether he is a player, coach, judge or, God forbid, a team... Did we act correctly and convince [FIFA's] General Assembly? Yes. Yes, we'll suspend their [Israel's] membership [in FIFA] and this way we'll screw them... I won't allow and won't agree to any joint game between Arabs and Israel... If a photo is published of [football star] Messi next to the [separation] fence,|the new Berlin Wall, and the new Nazis [Israelis] will be seen the way they treat Palestinians, the Palestinian players -- well, this by itself will be the highest achievement."
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PA official Rajoub: Boycott all Israeli youth activities in Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 20, 2013
Originally printed in Wafa, the official PA news agency, and reprinted in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
     “Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association [and Chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee] Jibril Rajoub demanded that the Arab League support the Palestinian position in international forums, in order to end the occupation forces’ racist violations against our people, especially athletes…
He has asked the Arab League to support the Olympic Committee’s position and efforts in jointly boycotting any activity for youth, whether social, tourist, or sports [activities], that Israel organizes in the occupied city of Jerusalem.”

Jibril Rajoub: Israel is committing the “Holocaust of the 21st century” on the Palestinians  
Source: Al-Fajer TV (local independent Palestinian station), June 7, 2013
Deputy Secretary of Fatah’s Central Committee Jibril Rajoub held a press conference about the FIFA Congress on June 7, 2015.

Deputy Secretary of Fatah’s Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: “We are not working on the assumption that the righteousness of the [Palestinian] cause is enough. We won’t succeed while we stand against a narrative which dominates human awareness, namely the Holocaust. This group [the Jews] presents itself as a victim. I believe that what they are doing to us is the Holocaust of the 21st century, but we are not capable of spreading our narrative to the world.”

Note: Jibril Rajoub is Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, and Chairman of the Olympic Committee.

PA official Rajoub: "All of Palestine - from the river to the sea - it's all occupied" 
Source: Al-Kass Sports Channel (Qatar), June 2, 2013
TV host: "Mr. Jibril, does the visit of Barcelona's [football] team include a visit to the occupied lands?"
Rajoub: "They are coming to the occupied lands. All of Palestine - from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea (i.e., all of Israel) - it's all occupied."
TV host: "I mean the Israeli occupied lands."
Rajoub: "You mean [occupied in] 1948 (i.e., Israel's establishment)?"
TV host: "Yes."
Rajoub: "On August 3 [2013] they are coming to us. Where they go after that - I'm not responsible for them... There was a stupid Israeli attempt to do something (a sports activity) together. Of course, they try to use Barcelona as a fig leaf to hide their crimes against the Palestinian sports. "
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Rajoub defends his statement about using nukes on Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 23, 2013
PA TV program: Circle of Events. Guest: Deputy Secretary General of Fatah's Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub
PA TV interviewer: “The statements you made in Beirut on the Al-Mayadeen TV station had a lot of impact, according to them ‘We are Israel’s enemies and if we had a nuke we’d have used it…’ I hope you’ll clarify the picture because Israel condemned the [statements] and at the time the Palestinians did not.”
PA official, Rajoub: “Madam, first of all I don’t care what Israel says, I care about what serves the Palestinian people’s interests. The Palestinian people have been living under an occupation, a racist, fascist, vile, inhuman occupation, for 46 years…
I, true, the interviewer [from the Al-Mayadeen TV station] asked me and I answered in the same manner and with those words and even now I say to the Israelis, if there won’t be a reexamination of your conduct on your part, a saying in Hebrew states: ‘kill or be killed,’ we won’t be killed, we’re not Jesus, true, we come from Jesus’ apostles but we, our future and our government and our identity are being trampled under the criminal terrorist settler dogs’ feet. I’m certain that if Hitler would come again he would learn from them the art of breaking the will of the people, humiliating the people, [making the] people suffer, destroying the people and massacres...
The world today has begun to be convinced that we are a victim and that they are the criminals and hangmen. Under the rays of the sun Israel has been revealed to be a foreign and threatening body that threatens the region’s independence, threatens the world’s peace and threatens the world’s values and interests.”

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