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Boycott of sports events with Israel
Palestinian boxer forced to forfeit rather than compete with Israeli, by order of Palestinian Olympic Committee 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 17, 2017

Official PA TV host 1 of Palestine This Morning:
"Let's talk about Sultan Abu Al-Haj, a Palestinian boxer who refused to compete with an Israeli boxer and lost a bronze medal."
Host 2: "Sultan, why did you make this decision? You lost a medal!"
Palestinian boxer Sultan Abu Al-Haj: "I didn't make the decision. My trainers and the [Palestinian] Olympic Committee made the decision, and as a competitor I cannot oppose them... The decision was reached that it is forbidden to compete with [Israelis], because it's beneath our dignity to compete with them and recognize them as (sic) the State of Israel."
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Palestinian boxer Sultan Abu Al-Haj was ordered by the Palestinian Olympic Committee to forfeit his match against Israeli Druze boxer Amit Madah on Aug. 8, 2017 in the under 54 kg division at the Youth Muay Thai World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. This was the first time that the Palestinian Authority sent an athlete to compete in this tournament.
Palestinian National Committee Against Normalization praises Syrian boxer who will never reach Olympics because he refused to compete with Israeli boxer 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 25, 2016
Headline: “The National Committee Against Normalization will convene this July and calls on Arab athletes to come to Palestine”
     “National Committee [Against Normalization] Secretary-General Jihad Uweida gave praise on behalf of the committee to the Syrian boxing champion Alaa Ghassoun, who lost his Olympic dream of representing his homeland Syria, after a draw decided that he would compete against an Israeli boxer and he decided to quit the world championship taking place in Baku [capital of Azerbaijan].
On behalf of the National Committee, Uweida praised the stand of this Arab Syrian boxer that arouses respect, at a time when many countries are opening their gates and their airports to Israeli athletes.”
Rajoub: Request to FIFA demanding “accountability” for Israel’s “racism against Palestinian sports” continues 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 30, 2015
Headline: “Rajoub: We haven’t cancelled our request to FIFA”
     “Head of the Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub stated that ‘We haven’t retracted our request to FIFA to demand accountability from Israel. The review of the request has been postponed because an international committee of FIFA will be formed to examine the occupation’s racism against Palestinian sports and the Palestinian athletes and clubs, and to examine Israel’s violations.’ Rajoub stated to WAFA [the official Palestinian news agency], after he arrived today, Saturday evening [May 30, 2015], for a visit in Tunisia: ‘The request contradicts FIFA’s activities, which means we will be in conflict with a number of countries that support Israel. The freezing of the request is done to prevent conflict with those countries.’

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Deputy Secretary of Fatah: Football match between Israeli and Palestinian children is "a crime against humanity" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2014
Headline: "Rajoub: 'Normalization in sports with the Zionist occupation is a crime'"
     "[Deputy Secretary of Fatah's Central Committee,] Chairman of the Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the [Palestinian] Football Association Jibril Rajoub said any activity of normalization in sports with the Zionist enemy is a crime against humanity. He said that the position of the sports leadership on the issue is perfectly clear.
Rajoub's statements were made in response to a sports activity held a few days ago (i.e., a football match between Palestinian and Israeli children sponsored by the Israeli Peres Center for Peace)...
Rajoub emphasized the following points:
1. The game was an Israeli attempt to cover up their crimes against [Palestinian] athletes. It is a disgrace to use sports for this purpose.

2. If there are Israeli parties who believe sport is a means of spreading values and peace, they should come out against the occupation's crimes against Palestinian athletes, whether the restriction of their movement, the destruction of their [sports] facilities or the physical elimination of dozens of them...

3. For a while now the Palestinian sports leadership and community - the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, the Palestinian Olympic Committee and the Palestinian Football Association - have opposed such activities.

4. I demand that all individuals and institutions distance themselves from such activities, especially because their recurrence would arouse disgust and aversion towards all members of the [Palestinian] sports community."
[Also posted to Jibril Rajoub's official Facebook page, Sept. 6, 2014]
 
National Committee Against Normalization in Palestine condemns Israeli-Palestinian football match, calls for an investigation 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 5, 2014
Headline: "The National Committee Against Normalization [in Palestine] condemned the 'Palestinian-Israeli' football match"
     "The Executive Office of the National Committee Against Normalization in Palestine published an announcement in which it condemned the participation of children from the West Bank in a football match between Palestinian and Israeli children, held by the Peres Center for Peace at the Gaza envelope (i.e., in Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip), near a Zionist kibbutz, which constitutes normalization [with Israel].
Secretary General of the National Committee [Against Normalization] Jihad Uweida said the committee's Executive Office was stunned by the timing and location of the match, at a time when the blood of our people and children in the Gaza Strip and of the Martyrs (Shahids) of the sports movements has not yet dried...
The Executive Office of the National Committee [Against Normalization] called on the heads of the Palestinian sports [community] and the Palestinian leadership to discover who is behind this 'normalization match' at such a time, and who benefits from holding meetings of this kind.
Uweida emphasized that the National Committee Against Normalization is surprised and astonished that while it is conducting an international campaign for expelling Israeli sports from the international sports system, and after international sports organizations expressed their intention of boycotting this entity [Israel], a Palestinian party would do this entity a free service."
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Fatah condemns football match between Israeli and Palestinian kids as "an individual act, conceived by sick souls" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 4, 2014
Headline: "Fatah in Yatta condemns normalization meetings with Israelis"
     "The [Fatah] branch leadership in Yatta held an urgent meeting to discuss the ramifications of the normalization matches held between Palestinian children from the city of Yatta villages and Israeli children, which were supervised by the Peres Center for Peace, and [held] in the presence of former President of the State of Israel Shimon Peres.
The meeting's participants strongly condemned this event, especially in light of the fact that our people are being subject to the most heinous racist attack, manifested in the murder of the children of Gaza and the West Bank by the most powerful war machine in the region.
[Fatah] branch secretary Dr. Kamal Makhamreh said: 'The occupation is attempting to improve its criminal image, which was revealed in the murder of our children in Gaza, by holding such normalization meetings, while using weak-minded people, who in turn have exploited the innocence of some children, deceived them and dragged them to this kind of normalization meetings. Therefore, we at Fatah's Yatta branch, emphasize that this was an individual act, conceived by sick souls that agreed to be humiliated for a handful of money...'
Makhamreh urged the residents to supervise their children and distance them from these kinds of activities, which damage our cause... The movement has demanded that the [Palestinian] Security Forces settle the account with these reckless people (i.e., the Palestinian organizers of the event)."
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Palestinian official calls friendly football match between Israeli and Palestinian youth a "crime and an unpatriotic and immoral act" 
Source: Sama, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 3, 2014
     "Palestinian Olympic Committee member Abd Al-Salam Haniyeh denounced the match held between Palestinian and Israeli children. He considered it a crime and an unpatriotic and immoral act. Haniyeh said these matches are completely unacceptable to the sports community, the Olympic Committee, the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs and the Palestinian Football Association.
He added: 'The [Palestinian] organizers of this match betrayed the blood of the children of Gaza and of the Martyrs (Shahid), which has yet to dry a week after the end of the barbaric Israeli aggression, which resulted in the deaths of more than 2,150 Martyrs, the wounding of more than 13,000 people and thousands of homes that were brought down on the heads of their inhabitants.
Haniyeh demanded that Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub immediately interrogate the [Palestinian] organizers of the match, settle the account with them and prosecute them on charges of serious treason against the blood of the Martyrs and violation of the decisions made by the Palestinian sports community's leadership.
It should be noted that the sports meeting between Palestinian and Israeli youth was held in an Israeli settlement a few kilometers from the Gaza Strip's border with Israel. The meeting was organized by the Peres Center for Peace."
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Fatah official calls on EU to impose sanctions on Israel in sporting competitions 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 19, 2014
     ‎“[Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central ‎Committee Jibril Rajoub:] ‘We are currently ‎in touch with European NGOs to generate ‎awareness regarding the conditions and ‎challenges Palestinian sports are facing ‎because of the Israeli siege. We demand ‎international activity against Israel, and ‎demand that the EU [sic] (should be ‎EUFA) freeze any championship hosting ‎the Zionist entity state, towards freezing ‎any Israeli activity in Europe, unless it ‎‎[Israel] agrees to honor the conventions ‎and agreements… Either [President of ‎FIFA Sepp] Blatter will put an end to Israeli ‎violations through the FIFA ‎ Task Force ‎committee during its meeting, which will ‎convene in Zurich on Feb. 3 [2014], or we ‎will demand that sanctions be imposed on ‎Israel.’”‎
Fatah official: "There will be no youth or sports activity of any kind with the Israeli side" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 5, 2014
     “A joint meeting was held in the Al-Ram Football Association headquarters between the league’s board of directors and the heads of the professional and semi-professional clubs in the presence of Jibril Rajoub, [Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and] Chairman of the [Palestinian] Football Association…
Rajoub said: ‘There will be no youth or sports activity of any kind with the Israeli side, and we will not renounce our goal of building a free and independent national sports entity.”
PA daily sports columnist: Revoke Israel's membership in European football union because Israel targets Palestinian children 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 19, 2012
In response to Hamas' ongoing rocket fire against Israel, on Nov. 14, 2012, Israel launched an aerial offensive aimed at crippling the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. PA daily sports columnist Bader Maki demonizes Israel in the following open letter:
     "My dear general [Michel Platini], you are currently the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), and the Hebrew entity [Israel] is part of this union. Are you satisfied, my brother Michel, that this entity kills our children in Gaza? ... This is what childhood is like in Palestine: it is subject to killing, torture and fear of the executioner. Isn't it a disgrace that this entity commits acts like this, while you encourage fair play and honest competition? This is part of the entity's fair play against our children. Isn't it a disgrace that this entity remains a member of UEFA, [the organization] that you preside? How can you agree [to the fact] that this entity is above the law? You sow the love of the game and its moral values, and they kill us in the cradle. Michel, you must act so that this entity will not remain in your midst. It is time for this entity to leave [UEFA]... If you follow our news from Gaza, [you can see that] they bombard our infrastructure, our stadiums and our [sports] clubs. They want to eliminate our history, our present and the future of our children... This cursed entity must be kicked out of this sports union that believes in justice and fair play. The blood of [the children] Ahmed Abu Daqqa and his friends will not have been spilled in vain only if national unity is achieved. We must achieve it to honor the souls of our Martyrs (Shahids), especially those of our children who dazzled the world with only stones and RPGs in their hands. The occupier knows them well from the Intifada and Beirut."
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Palestinian Journalists Association: Journalists engaging in normalization with Israel “should be expelled from the organization” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2012
Headline: "Journalists' Association condemns attendees at press conference in Beit-El"
     "The General Secretariat of the Palestinian Association of Journalists condemned yesterday the participation by a group of journalists in a meeting held at the Beit-El settlement at the end of last week. In a press release, the association said that it had followed the details of a press conference held last week by [Israeli] army officers at the so-called Civil Administration, attended by some Palestinian journalists and representatives and correspondents from Arab satellite stations, in the Beit-El settlement…
The association emphasized that its new constitution condemns normalization and those who engage in it, and stipulates that any journalist who participates in any activity of normalization should be expelled from the association."
PA daily: Anti-normalization organization honors a Yemenite athlete for refusing to compete against Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 26, 2012
Headline: "The Palestinian National Committee for the Struggle Against Normalization in Sport applauds the step – Yemenite judoka resigns from contest against 'Israeli' in Germany"
     "Secretary General of the Palestinian National Committee for [the Struggle Against] Normalization in Sports, Jihad Uwaydah, praised the step taken by a participant on the Yemenite judo team, Ali Khasrouf, [who resigned] from the competition against an Israeli judoka as part of the Judo Grand Prix [2012] competition, which was held in Düsseldorf, Germany… Uwaydah asked the honorary president of the Palestinian Judo Association, Hani Al-Halabi, to invite judoka Khasrouf in order to honor him, as soon as possible, in Amman, the Jordanian capital. Uwaydah [the Secretary General of the Palestinian National Committee for the Struggle Against Normalization in Sports,] emphasized that the Aikido training camp, to be held in mid-March at the Al-Istiqlal University in Jericho, would be named after judoka Khasrouf."
PA official opposes normalization with Israel  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 28, 2012
     "Poet [and Deputy Minister of Information] Al-Mutawakkil Taha expressed his hope yesterday that in light of the 'Arab Spring,' the Arab culture and drama movement would enter a new stage which would contribute more to the Palestinian cause... He continued: 'I believe that these revolutions... are what will push the hands of the clock until the hour of deliverance from the occupation (i.e., Israel) arrives. For, historically speaking, Palestine was liberated only by its inhabitants who resisted from inside, and by the nation from outside… In Palestine, our cultural history is not being inculcated. Worse still, there are intellectuals who are forced to gather alms from external sources of funding, who force their conditions of normalization upon the intellectuals and artists.'"
Palestinian Football Association opposes normalization with Israel in sports 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 16, 2012
     "In response to a question about recent reports on Internet sites concerning normalization, [Chairman of the Football Association and Chairman of the Olympic Committee, Jibril] Rajoub said: 'Normalization is when there's a friendly match between some player or some sports team [and a player or team from Israel], whether [it takes place] in the territories occupied in ‘48 or [those occupied] in '67…' He noted that the Palestinian teams that are under the responsibility of the Olympic Committee have not played, and will not play under any circumstances, inside the Green Line (i.e., inside Israel), and that no Israeli company is sponsoring these teams."
Sports official opposes normalization with Israel "in all its forms," including sports 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 8, 2012
Headline: "Rajoub: We will not agree to normalization which some elements are trying to introduce into the realm of Palestinian sports"
     "Chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee and the Palestinian Football Association, Jibril Rajoub, once again yesterday expressed his opposition to normalization in all its forms, including normalization in the realm of sports… He added that 'the occupation is the no. 1 enemy of Palestinian sports', and noted that the occupation seeks to lay siege on the Palestinian people, including its sports, by prohibiting the movement of sportsmen, on the level of players and the managers of clubs and associations, as well as sabotaging the establishment of sports facilities and preventing us from receiving the [financial] aid which is offered to Palestinian sports.'…He said, 'There will be no normalization with the Israelis, and there will be no Israelis on Palestinian playing fields.'"
Head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee: The Palestinian team will not play against Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 2, 2012
PA TV sports program hosts the head of the Olympic Committee, Jibril Rajoub.
     Rajoub: "The Israeli flag will not, not, not be raised in the Palestinian territories, and the Palestinian team will not play against any team within the Green Line."

Two weeks later on PA TV, Rajoub made the following statement that sports "knows no borders" and "has become the language of the world" (Jan. 15, 2012):

PA TV News broadcast reports on ceremony welcoming Palestinian sportsmen participating in the Pan-Arab Games in Qatar. Chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee and Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub: 
     "Sports, which knows no borders and is not subservient to the monopolies of gender, color, or geographical region, has become the language of the world, and we, the Palestinians, must rise to this level; we must rise to the level where the Palestinian cause will be important in the eyes of the world."
PA daily: Those who engage in normalization activities with Israel should be vomited out of society 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 1, 2012
Atef Abu Al-Rub, regular writer for the official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
     "I shall not elaborate on general subjects, but rather get to the issue at hand: Normalization with the occupation... In the past, someone from among us would participate in secret meetings with bodies who represent the occupation state, under the pretext of searching for a common denominator, and would deny their meetings with “Israelis,” today these things are being done in the open… We have to intimidate these bodies and deter them, if not by means of the official law, then we have a national heritage, and it is possible to punish anyone who participates [in such meetings], in various ways. There must be an umbrella that protects those who act against the normalizers - i.e., resistance to normalization should not become a crime for which the Palestinian law has punitive measures… The names of the normalizers are out in the open and known to anyone interested, and we must hold campaigns with the names of all the normalizers. We must vomit them out of our society, because they are designated leaders which the US is creating, with profiles [showing them to be] able to live in coexistence with the occupation."
Palestinian Football Association opposes activity with Israel, seeks legal proceedings against Palestinian girl players who played with Israelis 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 21, 2011
 
 Text: "Normalization in sports... a hot topic"
Headline:
“Normalization in sports - a burning issue” [front page of sports section]
Sub-headline: “The street and the [sports] association oppose normalization [with Israel], emphasizing: There are rules to raising the flag of Palestine”
     “The tournament in Canadian displaying characteristics of normalization [with Israel] has aroused loud responses on the Palestinian street, with the publication of the details of the football match in forum discussions on the Internet and photographs showing participation by Palestinian girl players in a match alongside Israeli girl players. This has caused agitation and anger on the Palestinian street when it comes to such games… Abd Al-Majid Hujjah, Secretary-General of the Palestinian Football Association, announced that the Association intends to appoint an investigative committee to look into the circumstances of participation by groups of girl players in a normalization encounter with Israelis in Canada. He emphasized that the investigative committee will submit its recommendations prior to legal steps being taken against the players. Hujjah said that the position of the Palestinian Football Association on the issue of normalization [with Israel] in sports has been well-known for a long time, having been publicized, officially, on more than one occasion. This position has been disseminated among everyone involved. He denied the existence of any connection between the Palestinian Football Association and any activity related to
A warning against normalization with Israeli sports 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 31, 2007
     "[The publicity department of the Ministry of Youth and Sports] has confirmed its general directive to the sports unions and clubs and the relevant institutions, including a warning against carrying out normalization with the Israeli side in [the area of] sports."
Penalized for participating in the "Peace" competition 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 6, 2006
     "Fahed [Palestinian soccer star] said that the team coach… recently suspended him from the team, claiming that the soccer union in Gaza had decided to penalize him for his participation in the "Peace" competition held some months ago [in which a combined Israeli-Palestinian team had played]."
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