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Ynet on PMW's report about the PA's abuse of sports

Itamar Eichner  |
Ynet on PMW's report
about the PA's abuse of sports

Headline: Report: PA soccer chief 'promotes terror' through sports

by Itamar Eichner, May 29, 2015‎

Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian Football Association and the Palestinian Olympic Committee, is ‎using sporting events to glorify terrorists even while seeking to get Israel banned from the international ‎football federation (FIFA), claims a report by the Palestinian Media Watch organization.‎

According to the report, Rajoub, the Palestinians' former West Bank security chief before his dismissal in ‎‎2002, is "one of the driving forces behind this abuse of sports and continues to promote terror himself. Even ‎the terrorists responsible for the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympics in 1972 continue to ‎be glorified by the PA and Fatah."‎
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The organization slammed the absurdity of the Palestinian Authority working to suspend Israel ‎while it itself has no respect for the sport or the spirit of the Olympic Games.‎

The report says that Rajoub initiated a table tennis tournament named after Dalal Mughrabi, who led ‎a terrorist attack on Israel's coastal road in 1978 that killed 38 Israelis, including 13 children, and left another ‎‎71 people wounded.‎

‎"The Palestinian Authority's abuse of sports is a concrete example of how the PA chooses to ‎further entrench the conflict rather than work to resolve it," says PMW.‎
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‎"The Palestinian Authority uses sports to send the message that murdering Israeli civilians is ‎honorable and heroic, that all of Israel is 'Palestine', and that peace building or 'normalization' with ‎Israel is prohibited and even criminal."‎
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Other examples, the report says, include a Fatah-organized rally and sports event in memory of Abu Jihad, ‎a terrorist responsible for the murder of 125 Israelis, a Fatah-sponsored chess championship in Hebron ‎named after terrorist Marwan Zalum, who was responsible for multiple deadly attacks, including the murder ‎of Shalhevet Pas in Hebron.‎

The report also quotes previous violent comments by Rajoub. When Peres Center for Peace organized a ‎football match between Israeli and Palestinian children, Rajoub stated that it was a "crime against humanity."‎
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Rajoub also threatened to impeach Palestinian football team players who agreed to play in Israel. In an ‎interview on Lebanese television, he said: "We do not have nuclear weapons yet, but I swear that if we had ‎such weapons we would use them."‎
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Last week, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with FIFA President Sepp Blatter, he ‎showed him some of the findings in the report.‎
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Blatter may well have greater concerns at the moment, however, with the arrests of a string of senior FIFA ‎officials due to alleged corruption.‎