Palestine’s Rajoub Under Fire From Media Watchdog as Israeli Supporters Up the Ante

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By Andrew Warshaw

An Israeli-based media watchdog has sent a detailed and highly damning file on Palestine football leader Jibril Rajoub to FIFA in the latest tit-for-tat exchange over the sensitive issue over Israel’s treatment of Palestinian players and officials in the occupied territories.

The aggressively-worded, 21-page dossier, seen by Insideworldfootball, has been drawn up by Palestinian Media Watch, a non-governmental organisation that documents cases of alleged incitement in Palestinian media and claims Rajoub, chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, “promotes hatred, glorifies terror, and incites murder; prohibits the use of sports as a vehicle for peacebuilding; violates the fundamental principles of FIFA” and “is trying to use FIFA to achieve his anti-Israel agenda.”

Rajoub has been leading negotiations with FIFA from the Palestinian side over the issue of six Israel clubs playing – illegally according to human rights organisations and the UN Security Council – in the occupied West Bank.

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