Search Results for : FIFA

25 Aug

FIFA Continues to Ignore Israel’s Very Real Violence

The world governing body of football ignores Israel’s attacks on Palestinian athletes while it sanctions the President of the Palestinian Football Association. Stephanie Adam of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel commented: FIFA is again showing its true face as a corrupt and complicit organization,betraying its self-professed […]

12 May

FIFA President Hijacks Vote on Israeli Settlements, Continues Violations of FIFA Statutes

Palestinians accuse FIFA President Gianni Infantino of corruption and nepotism after he blocked the Palestinian Football Association’s motion at today’s FIFA Congress. The motion demanded that the Israeli Football Association abide by FIFA statutes by excluding football clubs based in illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Infantino hijacked the Congress […]

10 May

PLO: Israeli Pressure on FIFA ‘Unprecedented’

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), on Tuesday strongly condemned Israeli government pressure on FIFA to remove, from its agenda, a Palestinian bill describing the pressure as blatant and unprecedented. Husam Arafat, secretary-general of the PLO’s Youth and Sports Department, slammed in a statement Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s telephone call […]

06 May

Over 170 Sports Clubs in the Occupied West Bank Call on FIFA to Suspend Israel’s Membership

In a letter issued on May 4th, over 170 Palestinian football clubs and sports associations urged FIFA to immediately suspend the Israeli Football Association’s (IFA) membership for its inclusion of seven football clubs that are  based in illegal settlements. The letter comes just days before FIFA’s annual Congress where FIFA […]

21 Apr

FIFA Called to Action over Clubs in Illegal Settlements

More than 100 sports associations, trade s, human rights organizations and faith based groups from 28 countries joined football champions, scholars, film directors, politicians and government officials in calling on FIFA’s Council members to insist that Israel’s national football league revoke the affiliation of seven clubs based in illegal Israeli […]

10 Mar

FIFA Slammed by Human Rights Defenders for Failure to Expel Israeli Football Clubs Based in Illegal Settlements

A wide coalition of Palestinian and international organisations denounced FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s failure to compel Israel’s national football league to exclude six football teams based in illegal Israeli settlements and called for the dissolution of the FIFA Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine. FIFA’s failure to act against the Israeli settlement clubs […]

13 Oct

FIFA to Assess Matches in Settlements

The council meeting for FIFA, the worldwide football association, that opens on Thursday, October 13, 2016 in Zurich, will hear from a monitoring committee it established in 2015 to review its sponsorship of matches on Israeli settlements in the West Bank. In a report issued on September 25, 2016, Human […]

30 May

Rajoub Drops Bid to Suspend Israel from FIFA

Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub dropped a bid to suspend Israel from FIFA, just minutes before the bid was brought to the table on Friday.The football governing body voted instead on an amendment proposing the formation of a committee to monitor the movement of Palestinian football players, Israeli racism, […]

30 May

Rivlin: BDS and FIFA a ‘Strategic Threat’ to Israel

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin , this week, warned that the Palestinian push towards Boycott, Divestment and sanctions against Israel, in international universities, and Footbal FĂŠdĂŠration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was a strategic threat to Israel.According to the PNN, Rivlin told members of University councils that the ongoing international BDS […]

28 May

No Back Down From Palestinians on FIFA Vote

Palestinian Football Association chief, Jibril Rajoub, says of the vote to expel Israel from FIFA that ‘the situation has not changed.’FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been trying to avoid the vote, saying that the situation brings politics into football and that Israel has not breached any of FIFA’s statutes. Israel […]

13 Jun

FIFA Expresses ‘Grave Concerns’ Over Israeli Detention of Footballers; Letter Calls for Release

The FĂŠdĂŠration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has released a statement on Tuesday via its website regarding the illegal detention of Palestinian footballers, including Mahmoud Sarsak, and a letter has been sent to British Sports Minister Hugh Robertson and Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) President Michel Platini calling for […]

01 May

Campaign Launched to Expel Israel from FIFA

Palestine activists have launched a campaign get  Israel suspended from the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) in protest against its’ ongoing subjugation of the Palestinian people, as part of a global call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel’s illegal Occupation of Palestine. FIFA is the sports’ governing body […]

26 Oct

Protests Planned in 20 Countries against PUMA’s Support for Illegal Israeli Settlements

October 26, 2019 / Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) Saturday, October 26, human rights activists and sports fans will protest at PUMA retail outlets, offices and matches of PUMA-sponsored teams in 20 countries under the slogan #BoycottPuma. Actions in more than 50 locations are planned as […]

04 Jul

Palestine Cup Delayed after Gaza Teams Denied Permit into West Bank

The Palestine Football Association (PFA), today, announced a delay in the final Palestine Cup game, scheduled to be played in the West Bank, today, after Israel delayed issuing of permits for the Gaza-based team to play in the West Bank, said the PFA. “The Palestine Football Association regrets to announce […]

22 Apr

PCHR: “Silence or Deportation…Israel’s Message to Human Rights Defenders”

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR): In a new and unprecedented move, an Israeli Court on April 16, 2019 has decided to uphold the revocation of the work permit of Human Rights Watch (HRW) Israel and Palestine Director, Omar Shakir, ordering him to leave the country within 14 days […]

17 Apr

Amputee Football Championships Held In Gaza

Palestinian amputees, this past weekend, held the first football championship for those who have lost a limb, while living in the Gaza Strip. Secretary-General of the World Federation of Disabled Persons in the World, Simon Baker, launched the initiative at the Stadium of Palestine. Baker, who lost his right leg […]

13 Apr

BDS: Take the Pledge — Give PUMA the Boot Until It Ends Support for Illegal Israeli Settlements

On April 18, Puma shareholders will gather for the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). Let’s make sure Puma’s sponsorship of Israeli war crimes is on the agenda! Tweet the pledge to give Puma the boot!  Puma is the only international sponsor of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes teams in illegal […]

12 Oct

UEFA Bans Broadcast of Games to Israeli Settlements

UEFA (Union of European Football Associations), on Monday, has banned Israel’s public broadcaster from airing its games to illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel’s Public Broadcasting Corporation, known as Kan, won the rights to broadcast preliminary World Cup and European Championship games, after it bid $5.8 […]

21 Sep

More than 200 Palestinian Sports Clubs Urge Puma to End Sponsorship of Israeli Teams in Illegal Settlements

September 20, 2018 / By Palestinian Athletic Clubs To: Bjørn Gulden, CEO of Puma Cc: Management and Supervisory Board members: Michael Lämmermann, Lars Sørensen, Jean-François Palus, Jean-Marc Duplaix, BĂŠatrice Lazat, Thore Ohlsson, Bernd Illig and Martin KĂśppel 10 September 2018 We are writing to urge Puma to end its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association […]

30 Aug

Palestinian Film May Be Eligible For Oscar (Trailer)

“Ghost Hunting,” a Palestinian film directed by Raed Andoni, was submitted to the Academy Awards to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category, in hopes that it be nominated for the 91st Academy Awards, which will be held on February 22, 2019. According to a statement by the Palestinian Ministry […]

31 Jul

Adidas No Longer Sponsoring Israel Football Association

Following a global campaign, Adidas is no longer sponsoring football teams in illegal Israeli settlements. Palestinians call on new sponsor Puma to end complicity with Israel’s violations of international law.  The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel welcomes the news that Adidas is no longer sponsoring the Israel […]

16 Jul

Palestinian Information Ministry Denounces Israeli “Facebook Bill”

The Palestinian Information Ministry issued a statement strongly denouncing the new Israeli “Facebook Bill,” and described it as one of Israel’s illegal policies, especially those aiming at concealing and burying the truth, and the ongoing crimes committed by its army against the people of occupied Palestine. In a statement released […]

14 Jul

Abbas Discusses Latest Developments with Putin

PA President Mahmoud Abbas met, on Saturday, with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, in Moscow, where they discussed the latest developments in Palestine, particularly Israel’s plan to demolish Khan al-Ahmar community near Jerusalem. They also discussed issues of mutual concern for Russia and Palestine, and praised the historical […]

26 Jun

BDS: Palestinians Reply to Adidas

Adidas responded to the March 12, 2018 letter from more than 130 Palestinian football clubs and sports associations demanding that Adidas drops its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which hosts  clubs based in Israel’s illegal settlements. We welcome Adidas’ commitment to “uphold human rights standards and norms,” and its call on FIFA […]

06 Jun

Argentina Cancels ‘Friendly’ Match with Israel

The Argentina Football Association (AFA) has decided to cancel Saturday’s ‘friendly’ game against Israel, which was due to be held at the Teddy Stadium, in Jerusalem.  After mounting pressure from world-wide campaigns calling on Argentina to boycott the match, Messi and his teammates will no longer come to Israel but […]

16 Jan

Army Invades Many Apartments In Ramallah

January 16, 2018 8:35 AM IMEMC News Israeli attacks, News Report, Ramallah, West Bank 0

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, many Palestinian apartments, including one inhabited by a journalist, and conducted violent searches, causing serious property damage. The Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) said the soldiers invaded the apartment of one of its reporters, identified as Zahran Hammad, after detonating the front door. It […]

25 Nov

BDS Gulf Holds its First Regional Anti-normalisation Conference

Last week, BDS Gulf held its first regional anti-normalization conference in Kuwait City, with a broad participation of speakers, organizations, activists and political figures from the entire Gulf region. The conference, which was followed by workshops focused on campaign strategies and a practical regional action plan, made several recommendations regarding […]

24 Nov

Palestinians Urge Pope Francis to Reject Netanyahu’s Invitation to Launch Giro d’Italia in Israel

Pope Francis touches the wall on his way to celebrate a mass in Manger Square, in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem on May 25, 2014 Osservatore Romano—Reuters In an open letter, Palestinian civil society groups urge the Pope not to lend his name in any way to the 2018 Giro d’Italia […]

11 Sep

Win Over Bhutan: Palestine Leads Asian Cup Competition

The Palestinian national football team beat Bhutan 2-0 in the Asian Cup qualifier to head the four-country group that also includes Oman and the Maldives. The Asian Cup final will take place in the UAE in January of 2019. The win raised Palestine’s FIFA ranking to 93, having been ranked […]

22 Dec

UNICEF in Lebanon Ends its Contracts with G4S

“Breaking a shackle of Palestinian prisoners”. The United Nations Children’s Fund in Lebanon ends its contracts with occupation profiteer G4S. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Lebanon has ended its contract with the world’s largest security company, G4S, following a boycott campaign by activists in the country and across […]

28 Jul

9 Footballers Banned from Traveling to Occupied West Bank

Jamal Al-Khodari, Head of the Popular Committee Against the Siege, has condemned an Israeli decision to prevent nine footballers from Gaza to cross into the West Bank to participate in a football competition. “The Israeli occupation insisted to continue its siege against the Gaza Strip and its people. It targeted […]

09 Aug

Palestinian Cup Final Postponed: ‘Israel Denied Gaza Footballers Entry’

The Palestinian Football Federation has postponed the second leg of the Palestine Cup final, between the champions of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, after Israel denied entry permits to some of the Gaza players, sports officials said.According to Al Ray, Gaza’s Shejaia Club needs approval to pass through […]

01 Jun

“160 Files On Israeli Settlements To Be Submitted To ICC,’ Expert Says

Khalil Tafakji, a Palestinian expert in Maps and the head of the ‘ and Geographic Information Systems Department’ of the Arab Studies Center in Jerusalem, said the Palestinian Authority intends to submit 160 files to the International Criminal Court (ICC), documenting Israel’s illegal settlement activities.Tafakji said the files will be […]

30 May

Soldiers Attack Nabi Saleh Weekly Protest

Several Palestinians have been injured, Friday, as dozens of soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and Settlements, in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.Similar to protests in Bil’in nearby village, Kufur Qaddoum near Qalqilia, and other areas in the occupied […]

30 May

Soldiers Attack Kufur Qaddoum Weekly Protest

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly protest against the Wall and Settlements in Kufur Qaddoum village, near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, fired live rounds and gas bombs, leading to one injury by live fire, while many suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the […]

30 May

Army Attacks Bil’in’s Weekly Nonviolent Protest

As dozens of Palestinians, Israeli and international peace activists marched, Friday, in the weekly nonviolent protest against the Wall and settlements in Bil’in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, Israeli soldiers fired dozens of gas bombs, and chased the protesters; many injuries have been reported.The protest started […]

30 May

This Week in Palestine Week 22 2015

May 30, 2015 4:04 AM IMEMC & Agencies Audio report, Palestine 0

Audio Link After Text Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for May 23rd, to the 29th, 2015. This week Israel calls for the resumption of peace meanwhile Israeli army attacks targeting Palestinians leave one killed and at least a dozen […]

25 May

The ‘S’ in the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Call

The BDS National Committee website describes BDS as, ‘[t]he global movement for a campaign of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights was initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005… BDS is a strategy that allows people of conscience to play […]

04 Mar

Ten Palestinians Kidnapped In The West Bank

Israeli soldiers invaded, earlier on Wednesday, several communities in the occupied West Bank, broke into dozens of homes and searched them, and kidnapped at least Palestinians, including four teenagers.The Israeli military said the arrests were focused in the Central West Bank district of Ramallah, and the southern West Bank district […]

16 Jan

Palestine National Football Team Holds Press Conference In Melbourne Australia

January 16, 2015 12:29 AM IMEMC & Agencies International, Interview, Miscellaneous 0

In front of a backdrop of the Palestinian flag and a keffiyeh, the Palestinian football team spoke of the challenges they have faced in qualifying, and their upcoming match against Jordan on Friday 16th January. Jibril Rajoub, President of the Palestinian Football Federation, started by thanking the professionalism of the […]

13 Jan

January 12 2015, A Historic Day For The Palestine National Football Team, And, Indeed, Palelestine

At 6:00pm at the Hunter stadium in Newcastle, Australia, Ramzi Saleh led the Palestinian team out for their first ever game in a major tournament. To understand the importance of the event, one needs to be aware of what it took the team to get there. Palestine qualified by virtue […]

14 Feb

Wounded Palestinian Footballers Never to Play Again

Two young Palestinian football players shot by Israeli forces, last month, have learned that they will never again be able to play sports, due to their injuries, say doctors. Doctors at Ramallah governmental hospital said that the pair will need six months of treatment before they can evaluate if the […]

10 Sep

Soldiers Kidnap 17 Palestinians In Al-Arroub Refugee Camp

September 10, 2013 12:38 PM IMEMC & Agencies Hebron, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

[Tuesday at dawn September 10 2013] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Al-Arroub Refugee Camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, violently broke into dozens of homes and searched them, and kidnapped at least 17 Palestinians.Local sources have reported that the soldiers attacked several Palestinians while searching […]

19 Oct

PCHR Weekly Report: 5 Palestinians killed, 7 wounded by Israeli forces this week

October 19, 2012 10:42 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 11- 17 Oct. 2012, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that 5 Palestinians were killed by Israeli missiles in the Gaza Strip. 2 of the Palestinians killed were extra-judicially executed […]

10 Jul

Palestine Today 07 10 2012

July 10, 2012 9:00 PM IMEMC News Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 4 m 11s || 3.84 MB || Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Tuesday, July 10, 2012 Palestinian prisoner ends 96-day hunger strike released from Israeli prison and a 15-year old […]

13 Jun

Palestine Today 06 13 2012

June 13, 2012 10:25 PM IMEMC News Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 4 m 240s || 4.10 MB || Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, for Wednesday June 13th, 2012. At least 12 have been detained in the past 24 hours in the various […]

15 Nov

Israeli restrictions on Gaza bars Palestinian Football team from participating in the Asia Cup

November 15, 2006 10:10 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

Ahmad Al Afeefy, head of the Palestinian Football Association said on Wednesday that the team was unable to participate in the Asian World Cup due to the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip and its refusal to allow team player from leaving Gaza. Al Afeefy stated that the players were […]

10 Apr

Army shells the Palestinian Football League headquarters in Gaza

Sunday at night, Israeli soldiers shelled with heavy artillery the headquarters of the Palestinian Football League in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Eyewitnesses reported that Israeli tanks and artillery fired several shells at the building causing huge damage to the building and its different facilities. […]

08 Apr

Abbas: our sons will fight Israelis for a just deal

April 8, 2006 10:01 PM IMEMC & Agencies Interview, Miscellaneous, Palestine 0

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, says Israel’s plan to impose its final borders deep inside the occupied territories while expropriating large areas of Palestinian land for Jewish settlers will lead to another war in a decade. Speaking in Gaza City as Israel dropped scores of artillery shells in and around […]

26 Feb

Human rights group head: Elections free and fair

February 26, 2006 12:07 AM IMEMC & Agencies Interview, Miscellaneous, Palestine 0

The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is considered to be one of the most important Gazan human rights centers, that work on  disclosing the Israeli practices against the Palestinian people.  The PCHR was in the news recently for putting some Israeli ‘war criminals’ on trial. Interviewed by Wissam […]

17 Jan

Palestinian Football Association asks to host matches in Gaza

January 17, 2006 4:28 PM IMEMC & Agencies Miscellaneous, News Report, Palestine 0

The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) has asked to host matches on home soil for the first time since Palestinians gained control of the Gaza Strip, PFA president Ahmed Al-Afeefy said. The Palestinian team has been drawn with Iraq, China and Singapore; it will start its qualifying campaign in March.   […]

23 Jul

Torture for Fun

will never forget the 30 hour long torture and humiliation heFeature Story – Amin Abu Wardah – IMEMC 09:14 Afif Al-Bargoothi, 31, from Adoud village of north-east Ramallah, will never forget the 30 hour long torture and humiliation he suffered while attempting to pass through Qalandia military check point. When […]

16 Jul

Torture for Fun

Afif Al-Bargoothi, 31, from Adoud village of north-east Ramallah, will never forget the 30 hour long torture and humiliation he suffered while attempting to pass through Qalandia military check point. When I met him at Ramallah Governmental Hospital, his body was covered with bruises and skin burns. Afif told us […]