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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.
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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Rajoub: Israel could teach Hitler "the art of destroying the people and massacres" 
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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Fatah official and head of Football Association completely rejects “joint meetings or games” with Israelis 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 23, 2013
     “Head of the [Palestinian] Football Association [and Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and Chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee], Jibril Rajoub met with economic Vice President of the Barcelona Football Club, Javier Faus. He discussed a few issues related to organizing the Catalonian team’s future visit to Palestine, in addition to ways of strengthening cooperation between the Palestinian Association and the old club.
Rajoub reiterated his complete objection to holding joint meetings or games of any kind that would be attended by Israeli players or administrators.”

Senior PA official: "If we had a nuke, we'd have used it this very morning" 
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Apr. 30, 2013
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Lebanese TV host: "The American [John Kerry] came to the PA. They are talking about reviving negotiations, about getting back to the table with the Israelis... Will you go back to the negotiations game?"
Jibril Rajoub:
"There is no going back to negotiations unless the source of authority is the international resolutions, with a time frame and with the freezing of all unilateral Israeli steps: Jerusalem, the fence, settlements and prisoners."
Host:
"You've heard Israel's refusal."
Jibril Rajoub:
"That doesn't matter. Listen. We as yet don't have a nuke, but I swear that if we had a nuke, we'd have used it this very morning."
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Rajoub rejects sports contacts with Israelis 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 25, 2013
PA TV sports program: Pulse of the fields
PA TV host: “He [President of the Barcelona Club] also came with a message of peace, and the visit was related to sports with a political side, and he spoke about a game between an Israeli and Palestinian team against Barcelona. What do you have to say about this?”
Head of the Olympic Committee, Jibril Rajoub: “Impossible, impossible, impossible that there be any sport related contact with the Israeli side, in any situation.”

Fatah official salutes imprisoned terrorists, including Marwan Bargouti  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 3, 2013
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day hosting Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub

Deputy Secretary of Fatah’s Central Committee and head of Palestinian Olympic Committee Jibril Rajoub: I salute the prisoners, and foremost our colleague in the [Fatah] Central Committee Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered), and all the leaders of national activism, including the Secretary General of the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine], comrade Ahmad Sa'adat (i.e., terrorist leader serving 30 years.) Many of them are in our hearts."

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.

Ahmad Sa'adat is serving a 30-year sentence for heading the PFLP terror organization. A song at a PFLP event also praised him for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, but he has not been tried for this crime.

Senior PA leader declares violence is legitimate until a Palestinian state is formed 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2012
Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub: "Whoever invades our territory, will leave in a wooden plank (i.e., in a coffin). This land is our land... Out of loyalty to your blood, Yasser Arafat, you who died during this month, we will not return the sword to its sheath until there is a state... Resistance is Fatah's strategic right - in all its forms... We are ready - if there's shooting, we'll shoot. If there are demonstrations, we'll demonstrate."
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