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JPost: PMW's report about PA sports counters attempt to kick Israel out of FIFA

Herb Keinon and Allon Sinai  |
JPost: PMW's report about PA sports
counters attempt to kick Israel out of FIFA

Headline: Netanyahu: Kicking Israel out of FIFA will ruin world soccer

Sub-headline: Organization due to vote in Zurich today on Palestinian motion

by Herb Keinon and Allon Sinai

If world soccer governing body FIFA votes to oust Israel, it will be bad for Israel, but ultimately destroy the organization, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

The prime minister spoke during a briefing with the country’s diplomatic correspondents, came on the eve of Friday’s annual FIFA meeting, and as Israel was working intently to prevent the Palestinian motion to kick Israel out of the organization from coming to a vote...

Meanwhile, as Palestinian Football Association head Jibril Rajoub is leading the charge, Palestinian Media Watch issued a report saying Rajoub promotes terrorism. The report said Rajoub is a convicted terrorist who spent 15 years of a life sentence for throwing a grenade and "continues to call for the murder and slaughter of Israelis.|

The report quoted an interview with him on the Fatah-run Awdah TV in August 2014 saying that Fatah’s relations with Israel are those between enemies and "no one is stopping anyone" from "slaughtering a settlement." "Our political decision is resistance in the occupied territories in order to bring an end to the occupation [using] all forms of resistance," he said.

The report quoted an anti-Semitic rant he uttered on official PA TV in 2012, saying there will never be normalization of ties with Israel. "Next time we are prepared to bring the Executive Committee in helicopters [so they won’t go through Israel]... They will see no Jews, no Satans, no Zionist sons of bitches. Come by helicopter and go back by helicopter," Rajoub said. 


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