Death of soccer legend, aspiring youths, bring to the fore how no part of Palestinian society is escaping the violence and destruction.
Haaretz (Aug. 14) – The recent killing of Palestinian soccer legend and coach Ahed Zaqout symbolizes the setbacks the local sport have suffered in the wake of renewed conflict in Gaza, according to website Inside World Football. Continue reading
The Palestinian national soccer team, a source of pride for many, has been under attack by the Israeli state | AP Photo. Tara Todras-Whitehill
Dave Zirin, Nation (March 3) – THEIR NAMES are Jawhar Nasser Jawhar, 19, and Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17. They were once soccer players in the West Bank. Now they are never going to play sports again. Jawhar and Adam were on their way home from a training session in the Faisal al-Husseini Stadium on January 31 when Israeli forces fired upon them as they approached a checkpoint. After being shot repeatedly, they were mauled by checkpoint dogs and then beaten. Ten bullets were put into Jawhar’s feet. Adam took one bullet in each foot. After being transferred from a hospital in Ramallah to King Hussein Medical Center in Amman, they received the news that soccer would no longer be a part of their futures. (Israel’s border patrol maintains that the two young men were about to throw a bomb.) Continue reading
FIFA’s self-serving and so-called FAIR PLAY and TAKE A STAND AGAINST RACISM policy not so “fair” and not so anti-racist. Palestinian FA chairman Jibril Rajoub accuses racist Israel of using “bullying” tactics to restrict its football (soccer) players, teams and tournaments.
THE world soccer’s initiative to resolve travel restrictions on Palestinian players is doomed to fail unless Israel abandons its “bullying policy” and stops “playing games,” Palestinian Football Association chairman Jibril Rajoub has said. Continue reading
New report accuses former CONCACAF executives Jack Warner (middle) and Chuck Blazer (right) of enriching themselves with the confederation’s money. Photo: CONCACAF congress 2011 in Miami (c) Jens Weinreich
(22 April 2013) – A REPORT released during the CONCACAF congress in Panama on April 19 outlines harsh allegations of fund embezzlement committed by then FIFA vice-president Jack Warner of Trinidad and former CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer of the USA. Both men had functioned without a written contract from 1998 until their respective departures, and the American Blazer allegedly received 15 million dollars in commissions for his services during that time frame. Continue reading
ISRAEL’S state football team had to endure a barrage of pro-Palestinian chanting throughout their 8-0 defeat by Scotland in the Women’s Euro qualifier at Tynecastle on Saturday, June 16th, in a protest aimed at highlighting the injustice of what FIFA president Sepp Blatter termed, Israel’s “alleged illegal detention of Palestine football players.” Continue reading
“In the name of sporting solidarity”
Sevilla’s Frederic Kanoute (L) celebrates next to Luis Fabiano after scoring against Deportivo Coruna during their Spanish King’s Cup soccer match at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville January 7, 2009. (Marcelo Del Pozo / Newscom)
By ALI ABUNIMAH
“IN THE NAME of sporting solidarity, justice and human rights, we declare our support for Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak. As European sportsmen, we believe that every person has the right to a fair and independent trial.” Continue reading
By ALI ABUNIMAH*
Palestinians paint a mural depicting Mahmoud al-Sarsak in southern Gaza on June 10. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
PALESTINIAN footballer Mahmoud Sarsak is still on hunger strike and is determined to continue until he dies or Israel agrees to free him, his lawyer Mahmoud Jabarin said today. Continue reading