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  • FIFA urged to nix Israel’s West Bank soccer games

    September 26, 2016 | 3:33 pm

    A human rights group called on FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, to quit sponsoring matches in the West Bank held by Israel’s soccer association.

    “By holding games on stolen land, FIFA is tarnishing the beautiful game of football,” Sari Bashi, Israel and Palestine...

  • Bahraini soccer official uses apparent anti-Israel smear amid FIFA presidency campaign

    February 16, 2016 | 3:11 pm

    The Jewish public relations director representing Prince Ali of Jordan’s campaign to be FIFA’s next president has wrongly been called an Israeli soccer player in an apparent smear tactic.

    Bahrain’s soccer media officer, Mohammed al Mudaweb, falsely tweeted on Wednesday that...

  • Israel to allow Palestinian soccer players to travel for West Bank match

    August 31, 2015 | 1:13 pm

    Israel will allow a soccer match in the West Bank between a Palestinian team and a squad from the United Arab Emirates.

    The Sept. 8 match at the Faisal al-Husseini Stadium in Al-Ram, northeast of Jerusalem, will test Israel’s stated willingness to relax its travel restrictions on...

  • FIFA’s Israel-Palestinian committee meets for first time

    August 26, 2015 | 9:55 am

    A new FIFA committee began its attempt to settle the dispute between the Israeli and Palestinian football federations when it met for the first time on Wednesday, soccer's world governing body said.

    The meeting was chaired by South African businessman and former political...

  • Behind the BDS curtain

    By Simone Wilson

    July 9, 2015 | 10:56 am

    In recent years, no three letters have inspired more passion or pain across America’s college campuses than BDS.

    “When people, especially people in the Jewish community, hear ‘BDS,’ they think about it as this monstrous, monolithic thing,” said Noah Whinston, a 20-year-old Jewish...

  • The Holocaust survivor who coached World Cup star Carli Lloyd

    July 7, 2015 | 11:12 am

    Soccer fans around the world watched in amazement Sunday night as the United States women’s soccer team netted five goals – four of them in the first 16 minutes – to defeat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final.

    Three of the first four goals were scored by midfielder...

  • Blatter could still perform a U-turn and stand again

    June 15, 2015 | 12:57 pm

    Sepp Blatter could still perform a U-turn on his promise to stand down as FIFA president, a former adviser said on Monday, while FIFA did not directly deny the possibility.

    Klaus Stoehlker, who advised Blatter during the recent election campaign, told Sky News that Blatter could...

  • Blatter rocks world soccer by quitting FIFA amid scandal

    June 2, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    Sepp Blatter rocked the world of soccer on Tuesday by unexpectedly quitting as FIFA president in the face of a corruption investigation that has plunged the game's governing body into the worst crisis in its history.

    Blatter, 79, announced the decision at a hastily arranged news...

  • Palestinians rip their soccer chief for stopping bid to oust Israel from FIFA

    June 1, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    The head of the Palestine Football Association came under fire for withdrawing a request to suspend Israel from FIFA, the international soccer body.

    Jibril Rajoub said prior to Friday’s proposed vote that Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany convinced him to withdraw the request.

  • Palestinians drop bid to suspend Israel from FIFA

    May 29, 2015 | 8:55 am

    The Palestinian soccer association withdrew its bid to have members of the FIFA world soccer body vote on whether to suspend Israel.

    The head of the Palestine Football Association, Jibril Rajoub, on Friday said in announcing the move: “I thank those who convinced me to drop the...

  • How the FIFA corruption scandal could affect Israel

    May 27, 2015 | 10:54 am

    Israelis were expecting some big news to come out of the annual FIFA Congress this week.

    But they probably weren’t expecting this.

    In a bombshell operation, a Swiss law enforcement team showed up at the Zurich hotel hosting the annual gathering of the international soccer...

  • World soccer rocked as top FIFA officials held in U.S., Swiss graft cases

    May 27, 2015 | 8:48 am

    Seven of the most powerful figures in global soccer faced extradition to the United States on corruption charges after their arrest on Wednesday in Switzerland, where authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups.

    The world's...

  • Racism in Israeli soccer? Join the (reprehensible) club

    May 20, 2015 | 11:33 am

    When delegates from FIFA’s 209 member states vote next week on a motion to suspend Israel from international soccer, they’ll base their decision on three Palestinian claims:

    • That Israel unjustly restricts Palestinian soccer players’ travel
    • That Israel fields teams in West...
  • Palestinians reject Israeli soccer proposal, pushing ahead with suspension vote

    May 20, 2015 | 8:40 am

    The Palestinian Football Association rejected an Israeli proposal to address its grievances and will move forward with a motion to expel Israel from international soccer play.

    The Palestinian group plans to introduce a motion to expel Israel from international competition at the...

  • FIFA’s Blatter sketches compromise in Israeli-Palestinian dispute

    May 20, 2015 | 6:53 am

    The head of world soccer's governing body said on Wednesday Israel had proposed easing travel restrictions for Palestinian players but the head of the Palestine FA insisted he would pursue a move to have Israel suspended from FIFA.

    After meeting Palestinian Authority President...

  • Could Israel really be barred from world soccer?

    May 19, 2015 | 9:36 am

    Israel’s diplomatic battles have spread to the soccer field.

    On May 29, FIFA, the body that governs world soccer, will vote on whether to suspend Israel from international play. FIFA’s 209-member countries will vote on a motion tabled by the Palestinian Football Association,...

  • Blatter fears Israel vote could set dangerous precedent

    May 15, 2015 | 10:18 am

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter is worried that a dangerous precedent will be set if the Palestinian Authority goes ahead and asks for a vote to suspend Israel at the annual Congress of soccer's governing body on May 29.

    Blatter, who is standing for re-election at the Congress, said...

  • Vatican, FIFA, EU put Israel in center of diplomatic storm

    May 14, 2015 | 9:03 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The Palestinian decision to internationalize their conflict with Israel seems to be paying off as Israel is coming under diplomatic pressure on several fronts at the same time. The Vatican decision to recognize “Palestine” as a...

  • Blatter hopes to persuade Palestine FA to drop Israel complaint

    April 7, 2015 | 11:48 am

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he will attempt to persuade the Palestine Football Association to withdraw a bid to get Israel suspended from world football's governing body.

    Blatter said he would meet with the association's president Jibril Rajoub in Cairo on Tuesday in an...

  • Blatter sad after Israeli soldiers enter Palestine Football Association headquarters

    November 25, 2014 | 10:20 am

    The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) reacted angrily on Tuesday and FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he was saddened after Israeli soldiers entered the headquarters of the Palestine Football Association (PFA).

    "FIFA President Blatter was very sad to learn about an incident...

  • Palestinian Authority FA says official’s Brazil trip blocked by Israel

    June 9, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Israel has prevented a senior Palestinian soccer delegate from traveling to this month's World Cup in Brazil, his federation said on Sunday.

    The Palestine FA (PFA) has been lobbying world governing body FIFA to impose sanctions against Israel over restrictions on the movement of...

  • World Jewish Congress asks FIFA to remember AMIA Jewish center victims at World Cup

    June 5, 2014 | 4:43 pm

    The World Jewish Congress called on the FIFA world soccer association to hold a tribute to the victims of the AMIA Jewish center terrorist attack before a match between Argentina and Iran at the World Cup in Brazil.

    A letter sent to FIFA President Joseph Blatter calls for a...

  • Timberlake rocks TLV, racism in basketball, future of security and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 2, 2014 | 12:12 pm

    Who talked The Rolling Stones into performing in Israel?

    Ronnie Wood, guitarist for The Rolling Stones, revealed that Bob Dylan put the idea in the Stones' circle to include Israel in their tour. In an interview with Channel 2 in response to written questions ahead of the Stones'...

  • Netanyahu shows soccer chief photos of rocket launchers at Gaza stadium [VIDEO]

    July 9, 2013 | 9:11 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed the president of the international soccer federation proof that Palestinian soccer fields are being used to launch rockets at Israel.

    Netanyahu met Tuesday with FIFA President Joseph Blatter a day after Blatter visited sites in the...

  • FIFA to help solve Palestinian sports dispute with Israel

    May 29, 2013 | 10:07 am

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter promised Palestinians on Wednesday that soccer's world governing body would help put an end to the long-running problems with Israel that severely restrict sport in the territories.

    Blatter, who went to the region two years ago to try to help improve...

  • FIFA says non-Israeli can play for Israel

    December 1, 2011 | 12:21 pm

    FIFA has given a Druze Arab from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights permission to play for Israel even though he is not a citizen of the country, the Israel FA said.

    Maccabi Haifa’s Weaam Amasha is the leading Israeli league scorer this season with 12 goals from 13 matches and he...