Friday, 28 April 2017


     Complaint to FIFA Disciplinary Committee about the exploitation of football for 
     the promotion and glorification of terrorism by FIFA Delegate, Jibril Rajoub, 
     the Palestinian Football Association and its officials.
                              KICK TERRORISM OUT OF FOOTBALL!
    The Israel Institute for Strategic Studies researches and exposes important regional and 
    global strategic and security developments. These include issues relating to terrorism.
    We are writing to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to highlight a history of more than fifteen 
    years of the exploitation of football for the promotion of terrorism by Jibril Rajoub, the 
    Palestinian Football Association, its officials and teams.
    We are certain that, given the facts, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee must come to the 
    inevitable conclusion that the above parties have been in a prolonged and serious breach of 
    FIFA ethics and rules and that their behavior is in grave contravention of the traditions and 
    purity of football.
    If it was right for FIFA to launch a campaign to Kick Racism out of Football, how much
    more important is it for FIFA to launch a similar campaign to KICK TERRORISM OUT 
    With the racism campaign, FIFA acted to protect people being insulted or racially
    abused at football events. How much more serious is it when people are killed and maimed
    by terrorists glorified at Palestinian football events, by their clubs and leading officials?
    Here are a few examples of terror-promotion inside Palestinian football;
1.                In 2007, a football tournament was organized in the Palestinian-controlled town of Tulkarm.
           This tournament was held in the honor of Ziyad Da’as. Da’as was the leader of the Tanzim
           terror faction of Fatah. He planned and executed a terror attack on a Bat-Mitzvah (a Jewish
           13th birthday) celebration in Hadera which left six dead and dozens wounded on January
           17, 2002. Da’as also participated in the kidnapping and murder of two Israeli citizens,
           Etgar Zeituni and Moti Dayan, in Tulkarm in January 2001.  Yet this terrorist is hailed as a
          hero and a martyr in Palestinian football.
2.            On August 5, 2008, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, the official Palestinian daily newspaper reported
           that the Islami Silwan Football Club won the Dalal Mughrabi Football
           Championship organized by the Palestinian football champions, the Hilal 
           Al-Quds football team. This event was held under the auspices of the Palestinian
           Authority to commemorate the anniversary of the birthday of Dalal Mughrabi.  Mughrabi
           was one of thirteen (13) Fatah terrorists that hijacked an Israeli bus between Haifa
           and Tel Aviv on March 9, 1978. As a result of this terror attack, 37 Israeli civilians were
           killed including 12 children and 70 were wounded. She is considered a hero and martyr
           and has been celebrated in football events.
3.               In March 2011, the Al-Amari Palestinian Youth Center announced a football tournament in 
           honor of Wafa Idris. Idris was the first Palestinian female suicide bomber.
4.           On April 28, 2014, according to the official Palestinian daily newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,
           a two day football tournament was held in honor of the perpetrator of the Munich
           Olympic massacre in which eleven (11) Israeli sportsmen were killed. The Jalazone
           Refugee Camp Martyrs Internal Football Tournament was held under the patronage of
           the District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh.  Two of the teams that progressed to
           the second round were the Martyr Abu Iyad (the terrorist planner of the Olympic
           Games Massacre) and Martyr Abu Jihad (the terrorist mastermind responsible for the
           deaths of 125 Israelis).
5.             In October 2014, another football competition was held in the Palestinian territories at
            Tapuach in which teams were named after terrorists including Ahmed Yassin, the founder
            of the Hamas terror organization, and Fathi Shaqaqi, the founder of Palestinian Islamic
            Jihad. Shaqaqi’s terror organization killed and wounded hundreds of Israelis including a
            suicide bomb attack in the Maxim Restaurant in Haifa, a double suicide bombing attack at
            the Beit Lid bus station, others at the Megiddo junction, the Dizengoff shopping mall in Tel
            Aviv, two suicide bombings at Netanya’s HaSharon shopping mall, a bombing at the Tel
            Aviv central bus station, and an attack on an Eilat bakery.
6.                     On April 24, 2015, the Ansar Al-Quds Palestinian football club hosted the 21st Youth  
              Football Tournament in honor of both Abu Jihad (see item 1)  and Abu Iyad.  Abu Iyad
              was the founder of the Fatah terror group and the head of the infamous Black 
              September terror group that was responsible, in March    1973, for the kidnapping and
              murder of US Ambassador to Sudan, Cleo  Noel, Jnr, the Deputy Chief of Mission,
              George Curtis Moore, and the Belgian Charge d’affaires, Guy Eid.  They were
              also responsible to the death of eleven Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games                     in September 1972. These murderous terrorists are celebrated annually in 
              Palestinian football events.

7.                    During June and July 2015, a youth football tournament was organized in Abu Dis in
             which several teams were named after Palestinian terrorists including Abu Jihad (see
             item 1) Khaled Nazzal who was responsible for the terrorist murder of 22 schoolchildren
             and 5 in Maalot, and Mutaz Hijazi who shot and seriously wounded Rabbi Yehuda Glick
             on October 29, 2014.
8.              On October 3, 2015, a 19 year-old Palestinian terrorist, Muhannad Halabi, attacked Jews
             in an alleyway in the Old City of Jerusalem as they were walking from prayers at the
             Western Wall. As a result of his attack, Rabbi Nehamia Lavi and Aharon Bennett (Benita)
             were killed. Aharon’s wife, Adele, lay bleeding and badly injured. Their two year-old son
             was injured in his stroller. One month later, on November 2, 2015, the Palestinian Bal’a
             football club organized a football tournament in Jenin in honor of this terrorist murderer.
             This event, as with every football tournament glorifying Palestinian terrorists, was reported
             in the official Palestinian media.
9.              On October 12, 2015, two Palestinian teenagers, inspired by the Palestinian incitement
              to terrorism, went on a knifing rampage in Jerusalem. Two persons were injured in this
              stabbing attack. One of the victims was a 13 year-old boy, Naor Ben Ezra. The other was
              21 year-old Yosef Haim Twitto. The following month, on November 21, 2015, the
              Palestinian held a football tournament in honor of 13 year-old terrorist, Ahmad Manasrah.
              The Ahmad Manasrah Football Tournament was organized for football teams from
              Ramallah and El-Bireh schools to honor this knife-wielding teenager. This tournament
              was reported in the official Palestinian Authority media.
10.          On February 3, 2016, 19 year-old Hadar Cohen was knifed to death in Jerusalem. Her
              killer, Muhammed Kmeil, was the captain of the Qabatiya football club. He was described
              by his club as being a person of “high morals.” One of his accomplices in this deadly
              terror attack was Ahmad Zakameh who was described by the club administrators as
              being one of the team’s outstanding fans.
11.           On April 23, 2016, the official Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported
              on the 22nd ‘Prince of Martyrs’ Abu Jihad indoor football tournament organized by the                  Al-Ansar football club, under the supervision of the Palestinian Football 
              Association’s central branch. This event in which fourteen (14) Jerusalem football
              clubs competed to honor the 28th anniversary of the death of a major terrorist, Abu Jihad,
              was sponsored by the Pontifical Mission of the Vatican!! This football competition is
              held annually.
12.           On April 29, 2016, fourteen (14) Palestinian football clubs participated in the ‘Khalil Al
              Wazir Abu Jihad’ football competition under the supervision of the Palestinian
              Football Association. This was the 22nd time this competition had been held in the name
              of Abu Jihad, the leader of the Fatah terror group, who personally planned and executed
              the murder of 125 Israelis in various major terror attacks.
13            On June 17, 2016, the Palestinian football clubs, Al-Amid and Al-Ghazalan, held a
              football match for the Basel Sidr Cup in honor of Basel Sidr who was killed by Israeli
              security forces on October 14, 2015 as he attempted to stab Israeli policemen outside
              the Old City of Jerusalem.
14.            On October 9, 2016, Musbah Abu Sbeih murdered three (3) Israeli citizens and injured
               five (5) others in three drive-by shooting attacks. On the day of the attack Sbeih was
              due to hand himself in on charges of inciting terror and supporting the Hamas terrorist                    organization. Instead, he went on a rampage which killed Levana Malachi, a
              grandmother, and 29 year-old Yosef Kirma. Two days later, on October 11, the players
              and officials of the Hilal Al-Quds football team were photographed holding up a large
              banner carrying the picture of the terrorist Sbeih praising him and calling him the  
              “Lion of Jerusalem.”  The Hilal Al-Quds football club is the leading Palestinian champion
              soccer team. Days after this exhibition, the coach of this club, Maher Abu Sneineh,
              was arrested by Israel on charges of displaying a public support for terrorism.
15.            Our records on the promotion of terrorism through Palestinian football go back fifteen
              (15) years to 2002 when the Palestinian Authority sponsored a football competition in
              Tulkarm to celebrate their terrorists.  In this tournament, eight football teams were
              named in honor of a terrorist. One of the teams was named after Mahmud Marmash, a
              suicide bomber who murdered five Israeli citizens and maimed 74 others when he
              exploded his suicide belt outside the entrance of the HaSharon shopping mall in
              Netanya. My wife, Carol, narrowly avoided death. She was on her way to the mall
              when I called her and asked her to return to our office. Had she continued she would
              have arrived at the entrance at the same time as this suicide bomber honored as a hero
              and a martyr in his Tulkarm football tournament.  
              Another terrorist honored at this football competition was Abu al-Basset Oudeh. Oudeh
              was the suicide bomber that travelled from Tulkarm to my hometown of Netanya and blew
              up twenty nine (29) people and injured another 64 civilians in the Park Hotel as
              they gathered to celebrate the Jewish festival of Passover.  This event became known
              as the Passover Massacre. Among the killed were Holocaust survivors. It was as a
              result of this outrage that I became a co-founder of the Netanya Terror Victims
              Organization to help the bereaved families of the dead and the injured.
              Meanwhile, Palestinian football events and Jibril Rajoub celebrate their “heroes” and
              glorify their deeds!
        Article 3 of the FIFA Statutes states that;
       “FIFA is committed to respecting all internationally recognized human rights and shall 
        strive to promote the protection of these rights.”
        The basic principle is reflected in Article 24 of FIFA’s Code of Ethics which states;
       “Persons bound by this Code shall respect the integrity of others involved. They shall 
        ensure that the personal rights of every individual whom they contact and who is affected 
        by their actions is protected, respected and safeguarded.”
        Jibril Rajoub, as the highest responsible official in Palestinian football and a FIFA
        Delegate, has been deliberately delinquent in abusing FIFA’s Code of Ethics and conduct
        and, in his words and actions, has promoted violence, terrorism and insults that have
        harmed and killed hundreds of Israeli civilians, men, women and children.
        Jibril Rajoub has indoctrinated and educated Palestinian children and youth to praise
        and glorify violence and terror.
        Here are some of the statements made by Jibril Rajoub;
1.              On July 17, 2013, the Ma’an independent Palestinian news agency reported: “Chairman 
              of the Palestinian Football Association, Jibril Rajoub, eulogized released prisoner,  
             Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar, saying, ‘Before his pure soul, we emphasize our 
             adherence to the principles and goals that he dedicated his long life to protect.’”
        The “principles and goals” that Abu Sukkar set were that, in 1975, he loaded a
        refrigerator full of explosives and detonated it in the center of Jerusalem killing fifteen
        (15) people and injuring over sixty (60) people. After this terrorist’s death in 2013, Jibril 
        Rajoub vowed “to continue his way of struggle.”  Two months later, Jibril Rajoub,
        in a speech that was aired on the official Palestinian Authority TV channel, said that
        Abu Sukkar was “a legend who walked on earth, the most noble among the 
       noble…I cannot but say that Abu Sukkar lived as a giant and died as a giant.”
2.              On November 20, 2013, Jibril Rajoub attended an event held at the Halhul Municipality
              in honor of three released terrorists. A published photograph (see PMW Complaint
              document, page 7) shows Jibril Rajoub with three terrorists. Two of the terrorists,
              Ziyad Mahmoud Ghneimat and Mustafa Ghneimat, had each been given life sentences
              by an Israeli court for the shooting and murder of two Israelis, Meir ben Yair and Michal
              Cohen in a forest on June 27, 1985. Michal Cohen was a 32 year-old nurse who left a
              husband and two small children. The third terrorist, Najeh Muqbil, was serving a
              sentence of 38 years for the murder of Yaakov Shalom on May 20, 1990.  They were
              released early by Israel as part of a deal to persuade the Palestinian to return to
              peace negotiations. Instead, Jibril Rajoub glorified these murderers and presented
              plaques in their honor.
3.              Leila Khaled is a Palestinian terrorist who was arrested and convicted of two plane
              hijackings. In one of her hijacking attempts she was overpowered by Israeli security
              guards as she was holding hand grenades in her hands while the plane was in the air. 
              On August 16, 2015, Jibril Rajoub said on official Palestinian Authority TV, “ I spoke 
              about Leila Khaled, the fighter, the hero, the symbol…There are three sacred things
              that should not be maligned – the fighter, the Martyr, and the prisoner, They are sacred. 
              We should always speak positively about them, whether they are from PFLP, 
              Fatah, Hamas, etc.”
4.               On October 17, 2015, during a wave of Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israeli
               civilians, Jibril Rajoub appeared on official Palestinian TV and referred directly to the
               terror attacks calling them “individual acts of bravery, and I am proud of them. I 
               congratulate everyone who carried them out and I say to you, we are 
               proud of you…Whoever confronts, fights, dies as a Martyr, is arrested or injured, his 
               identity is known. What I mean is that the fighter, the prisoner, or the Martyr, they are 
               assets to the entire Palestinian people.”   
5.                On January 6, 2016, Jibril Rajoub appeared on official Palestinian TV and on the
               Fatah-operated Awdah TV channel to “bless and encourage” terrorists, again
               referring to terrorist murderers as “heroes.” He said;
         “I say that whoever carried out individual acts of heroism (terror) we in the Fatah 
         movement bless and encourage them. We consider them heroes and a crown 
         on the head of every Palestinian…beginning with our brother Muhannad Halabi.”
         Muhannad Halabi killed Rabbi Nehamia Lavi and Aharon Bennett (Benita) as
         they were walking from their prayers in Jerusalem. He also seriously wounded Bennett’s
         wife, Adele, and injured their two-year old son. (See item 6 in the terror incident
         complaint above)
         This leaves us, and FIFA, to ask what is the difference between Jibril Rajoub’s promotion
         and incitement to terrorism and that of ISIS’s Omar Al-Baghdadi, or Osama Bin Laden’s
         past exhortations to Al-Qaida terrorism? 
         Based on the evidence, does Jibril Rajoub have any place as a FIFA Delegate?
         The time has come for FIFA to KICK TERRORISM OUT OF FOOTBALL. 
         As stipulated in Article 111 (2) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, we hereby request
         that the Committee hold a hearing on these claims and complaints against Jibril Rajoub,
         the Palestinian Football Association and their officials and their gross misconduct
         in the administration of Palestinian football.
         Please inform us of the date set for a hearing on this matter so that we may appear
         before the committee to give evidence and to hear about the investigation and findings
         of your Disciplinary Committee into the disturbing conduct of the said persons
         and Association.

         Barry Shaw,
         Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy,
         Israel institute for Strategic Studies,

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Shtetls and Ghettos to the Jewish State. Nothing has changed.

Nothing has changed in attitudes against the Jews in the last century.

From the programs of a hundred years ago to the strain inflicted on Israel today there is an eerie similarity.
Jews confined to their Russian shtetls suffered the murders and horrors of Jew haters. 

Polish Jews were herded into ghettoes, ghettoes where their presence was harshly tolerated as a temporary measure by their Nazi masters.

History shows us that these shtetls and ghettoes were gradually reduced in size and denuded of their Jewish population by the ethnic cleansing of their haters.  There, Jewish exclusivity did nothing to make them feel safe. On the contrary, a sense of vulnerability and foreboding hovered in the streets and in the homes of the enclosed and entrapped population.

In a real sense, we see this being played out in the Middle East today. Muslim countries expelled their Jews, and Israel was the beneficiary. The Jewish State did not feel like a ghetto then. It welcomed its brethren with open arms. It was a positive development.  But the Arab nations that banished their Jews did not see it that way. They detested the growing Jewish presence in their region and took violent steps to do away with it. In this, they were in kinship with the Russian and German anti-Semites.

On a promise of a reduced homeland, the Jews were deprived of the vast majority of the land for the benefit of the complaining Arabs. This territory became known as Transjordan.

Then, after Arab armies failed to destroy the nascent Jewish State, Israel was persuaded to relinquish further land for peace in the name of a non-existent harmonious and peace-loving Palestinian nationhood.

Having lost five wars to eliminate the Jewish presence in the Middle East, the Arabs encouraged and promoted a Palestinian anti-Israel narrative and action campaign. The aim was shudderingly familiar – to pressure the world to force Jews to relinquish territory and property.

Despite an incessant terror campaign that left thousands of Israelis dead and more injured, the Arabs, now called Palestinians, were projected as the victims.  

In the delusional spirit of goodwill, Israel signed accords with a determined enemy, withdrew from developed land in Gaza with beautiful homes, rich agricultural infrastructure, and the beginnings of a tourist industry, traumatically removing its population, only to discover they had been tricked and trapped by international forums determined to reduce the Jewish ghetto in the Middle East further into areas of indefensible lines.

Israeli objections are met with diplomatic threats, boycotts, and the threat of violence.

As with the shtetl and the ghetto, nobody can assure the Jews of Israel that any withdrawal into vulnerable and over-crowded areas will put an end to the persistent threat of a Final Solution to the Jewish Problem in the Middle East. To any Israeli Jew with grave concerns comes a glib dismissal that Jews now have a strong army, so cope with the repercussions.

The international collusion with the Arabs is little different to the collusion of British officials exactly one hundred years ago in Jerusalem, Cairo and Whitehall who, instead of carrying out both British policy and the terms of the League of Nations Mandate to establish the Jewish national homeland, deserted their responsibilities by turning their backs on the Jews they were instructed to assist and, instead, duplicitously encouraged the Arabs to protest the Jewish presence.   What is going on with the false charges of “illegal occupation” and “illegal settlements” if not this?

Today, the effort is to reduce and diminish the Land of Israel further in favor of advancing a Greater Palestine that has failed to contribute any scientific, agricultural or social advancement within its society. Instead, they continue to nurture the age-old anti-Jewish attitude and the perpetuation of anti-Jewish hatred and violence.  A Greater Palestine is divided within itself and united only in their determination to inflict further ethnic cleansing on the Jews of Israel.

From the shtetl to the ghetto to the Jewish State, little has changed in attitudes against the Jews in the last century.

Barry Shaw is the author of the best-selling book ‘1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel.’   He is also the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

Monday, 3 April 2017

JVP. The Epitome of Jewish Self-Hate.

The horror felt in Israel over a group calling themselves Jewish Voice for Peace hosting a convicted Palestinian terrorist guilty of murdering Jews is palpable.

No words can adequately express the shock in the Jewish state to learn that an American Jewish group went out of their way to invite an unrepentant killer of Jews as their special guest.

An estimated thousand people gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago on March 31, 2017, to witness a smiling JVP director, Rebecca Vilkomerson, introduce Rasmea Odeh to the adoring crowd.

Odeh is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a notorious Palestinian terror group that has killed hundreds of Israelis in decades of fatal terror incidents. The ideology of this terrorist organization is to kill as many Jews as it takes until the Jewish homeland no longer exists.

In 1969, Odeh planted bombs in Jerusalem in a deliberate attempt to kill Jewish civilians. In an explosion at a crowded supermarket, two students were killed and nine others injured. Rasmea Odeh was sentenced to life imprisonment for her role in these attacks but was released by Israel in an exchange for the release of one Israeli soldier held by her PFLP terrorists in Lebanon.

Odeh entered the United States from Jordan but lied about her murderous terrorist past on her immigration forms as she applied to become an American citizen.  To cover up for her lie she accused Jennifer Williams, her Detroit immigration officer, of lying by misinforming her of the meaning of the immigration questions relating to a person’s criminal background.

Odeh was sentenced to imprisonment for a year and a half and then to be deported by a Detroit court for hiding her terrorist past. The incursion of terrorists into America is currently a hot topic in America. Odeh is one example of a convicted terrorist slipping through the cracks. She was freed on bail pending an appeal but on March 23 she accepted a plea bargain in which she will serve no jail time, be stripped of the American citizenship, and be deported.

Odeh has spent her life lying about herself and Israel to the extent that she claims she was tortured while in prison without substantiating her claims which were rebutted by her co-conspirators, one of whom named her as the perpetrator of the deadly supermarket bombing.

This then is the person that a Jewish organization honored. A terrorist killer of Jews and a serial liar, as their special guest in Chicago.

JVP is an avid pro-BDS group. BDS, like Odeh and the PFLP, shamelessly campaigns for a world without the Jewish State.
The fact that this Jewish organization has made common cause with Jew-killers and Israel haters is deeply disturbing.

What inordinate and fevered minds do members of this Jewish group have by lauding killers of their co-religionists? Even the dreadful kappos of the Holocaust did not honor the Jew killers of that sad time.
What hysteria demons possess their Jewish souls to the degree that they saluted this Jew-killing “heroine” with a standing ovation?

What obscene sense of justice was displayed by Jews who traveled distances to hear the odious Odeh, yet omitted any thought or homage to Leon Kaner of Netanya and Edward Joffe of Tel Aviv, the two Jewish students that were blown up by Odeh’s bomb.  May their names be blessed, and the name of Odeh and all those who fawn over her be cursed.

I am sorry but further words fail me. My mind is confronted by the depravity of thought perpetrated by this offensive Jewish group and its supporters.

They honored a person whose whole raison d’etre is to achieve the Final Solution to the Jewish Problem in Palestine.

For shame!

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.  He was also the co-founder of the Netanya Terror Victims Organisation and the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism.’