Palestine want Israel out of FIFA: president

Fri May 1, 2015 6:51pm EDT
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By Mike Collett

MANAMA (Reuters) - Palestine will seek Israel's expulsion from world soccer's governing body at this month's FIFA Congress, FA president Jibril Rajoub has told Reuters.

Last year Rajoub agreed to drop a resolution urging delegates to take sanctions against Israel at FIFA's Congress in Sao Paulo but he said on Friday he would press ahead with the same proposal in Zurich on May 29.

He added he "would not make the concessions" he made when withdrawing the proposal a year ago because nothing had improved in the way Israel "were persecuting Palestine footballers, athletes and the movement of sporting equipment".

"Enough is enough," Rajoub said after attending the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) aimed at building more co-operation between the two organizations.

"Last year we dropped the resolution when Europe got involved and the Israelis promised to co-operate in improving the situation," said the Palestine FA chief in the Bahrain capital Manama.

"But one year on it is still behaving like the neighborhood bully, or worse.

"There is now a feeling Europe cannot sit back and ignore what Israel is doing any longer. Israel has humiliated all of those trying to help the situation and nothing has changed.

"A year ago I agreed to drop the proposal, I will not do that again. The aggression towards our sportsmen and women in the West Bank and Gaza continues. It is hostile and racist and the time has come to take action."   Continued...