Palestine Olympic Committee condemns the "crime of normalization with the fascist occupation state in the field of sports"
Image posted on the Facebook page of Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee Jibril Rajoub
The image shows an announcement from the Palestine Olympic Committee.
Text on announcement:
“An announcement from the Palestine Olympic Committee condemning the Arab normalization with the occupation in the field of sports
At a time when the occupation’s crimes in their various forms are escalating against Palestinian sports and athletes… a number of our Arab brothers are making light of the crime of normalization with the fascist occupation state in the field of sports, in a blatant violation of all the treaties, commitments, and decisions of the Council of Arab Ministers of Youth and Sports…
The unjust thronging [towards Israel] has pained us greatly (refers to Israeli normalization agreements with the UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan; see note below –Ed.), and especially what the UAE Pro League did on Oct. 27, 2020, when its Chairman Mr. Abdullah Al Junaibi signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement in the field of sports with his Israeli counterpart [Israel Professional Football League Chairman] Erez Halfon. This was like a reward for the occupation and a whitewashing of its fascist record…
The Palestine Olympic Committee… expresses its strong condemnation of these steps, and views them as encouraging the occupation with all its elements so that it will continue the most despicable crimes against our Arab and Muslim people and against the sports system in Palestine, and this is instead of putting it on trial, boycotting it, and isolating it.”
Jibril Rajoub also serves as Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).
Israeli peace agreements with the UAE and Bahrain – an agreement normalizing diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), called the Abraham Accords, was announced on Aug. 13, 2020, under the mediation of US President Donald Trump. Following the UAE, Bahrain signed a similar peace agreement with Israel, as was announced on Sept. 11, 2020. Pursuant to the Abraham Accords, Israel and the UAE will discuss bilateral cooperation on a number of topics. In exchange for the agreement, Israel agreed to suspend its previously announced plans to apply Israel's civilian law to parts of Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley as per the Trump peace plan. The US announced that “Muslims throughout the world who wish to come in peace to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque, will now be able to fly to Tel Aviv through Abu Dhabi to do so and will be welcomed.”