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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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?

    1 week ago

    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,...

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  • Blatter fears Israel vote could set dangerous precedent

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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