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PMW’s “damning” report cited as proof of Palestinian football head’s terror support

Ben Cohen  |

Headline: "‘Burn Lionel Messi’s Shirt!’ Palestinian Soccer Chief Rajoub Targets Argentine Legend as Friendly Match With Israel Approaches"

"A top Palestinian leader touted as a possible successor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has urged soccer fans to burn photos and replica shirts of Lionel Messi, as the Argentine legend prepares for a pre-World Cup friendly against the Israeli national team in Jerusalem this Saturday. Messi 'is a big symbol so we are going to target him personally and we call on all to burn his picture and his shirt and to abandon him,' a fuming Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestine Football Association (PFA), declared before reporters on Sunday. 'We still hope that Messi will not come,' added Rajoub. […]

Rajoub has long used his sporting affiliations to promote a boycott of Israeli athletes and to encourage terror against the Jewish state...

[A] damning report on Rajoub’s activities issued by the Israeli NGO Palestinian Media Watch in 2016 emphasized his defiance of the 'fundamental Olympic goal to use sports as a bridge to peace' by naming sporting competitions in honor of Palestinian terrorists.

'Permitting Rajoub to participate in activities related to the Olympic Committee, when he cheers Palestinian terrorists for murdering innocent Israeli civilians, brings disgrace on the International Olympic Committee, its members, and the 2016 Olympic Games,' the PMW report stated."