Palestinians file FIFA complaint over Israeli restrictions


(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to The head of the Palestinian Football Association has submitted a complaint to the international soccer governing body, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), after Israel prevented seven soccer players and staff from traveling from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.

FIFA logo. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. 

FIFA logo. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. 

Jibril Rajoub says the Shabab Khan Younis players were attempting to attend the final Palestine Cup match in Hebron. The game, scheduled for Saturday, was postponed.

Israel's Shin Bet security agency said team members were barred due to "severe negative security background." Israel has maintained a blockade on Gaza since Hamas wrested control over the strip in a violent coup in 2007.

In 2015, Rajoub asked FIFA to suspend the Israeli soccer association because of restrictions of movement on Palestinian players.

Israel has asked FIFA to condemn Rajoub's hailing of Palestinians who attack Israelis as courageous heroes.

Posted on August 1, 2016 .