Nonviolence International and Palestine Football Association released a 45 page report documenting numerous Israeli practices which sabotage the sport in the Palestinian occupied territories. Today, June 10th, the FIFA representatives have converged on Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the 64th FIFA congress. High on the agenda will be complaints from the Palestinian Football Association detailing continued difficulties caused by the Israelis and the failure of FIFA President Sepp Blatter to address these hardships.
FIFA has not fulfilled its mandate” said Jonathan Kuttab, co-founder of Nonviolence International and well known Palestinian attorney. “This is the first comprehensive report which has documented scores of examples of obstacles enacted by the Israelis in the area of movement of Palestinian players and in many other areas outside FIFA’s current efforts.
The Palestine Football Association has threatened to sponsor a resolution calling for the suspension of the Israeli Football Association.
The report outlines 5 major areas of Palestinian victimization:
1) Obstruction of Movements of Palestinian Players, Coaches, and Officials,
2) hindering delivery of football equipment,
3) construction restrictions of sports facilities,
4) Israeli dissuasion of visiting teams,
5) and violence against Palestinian players.
“The pro-active assaults on Palestinian Football will never stop us” said Mubarak Awad, president of Nonviolence International. “Playing and watching sports is a human right and the whole world supports us. FIFA needs to suspend Israel for its misconduct.”
The report was authored by Mariabruna Jennings and edited by Jonathan Kuttab and Susan Shalabi-Molano.