FIFA is the sports’ governing body worldwide and numerous letters in support of this action have been sent to its President, Sepp Blatter. The online petition has already gathered more than 4,000 signatures.
The campaigners point out the consequences the Israeli Occupation has on the lives of players and the limitations it places on their professional careers.
The petition highlights ‘s Israel’s obstruction of Palestinian representation and participation in international sports as just part of its policy to deny Palestinian identity. Such discrimination is orchestrated throughout the whole of Palestinian society, football is just one example.
Various measures have been taken by Israel to block the Palestinian football team and Palestinian athletes in recent years. The most recent example being the bombing by the Occupation Forces of the Palestine Football Stadium in Gaza, leaving a massive crater in the middle of the pitch.
In 2004, Israel set out to prevent the Palestinian football team from competing on an international level during the (FIFA) World Cup qualifiers , denying several members of the team permission to leave
The petition also condemns the Israeli Occupation raids, curfews, checkpoints and closures that destroy the lives of the Palestinian people. The campaign says that the disqualification of Israel from membership of FIFA is the only appropriate sanction.
This action is the latest step in an on going campaign to raise awareness of the football worlds’, support for Israels illegal occupation of .
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