BDS group weighs in on Israeli soccer


( An international NGO has joined the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement’s efforts to pressure FIFA to sanction Israel’s soccer association because they hold matches on “stolen land.”

The FIFA logo. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a recently published report that FIFA, the ruling body of world soccer, is in violation of their own rules by sponsoring soccer matches in Judea and Samaria on behalf of the Israeli Football Association.

“It is disturbing, but not surprising, to see that Human Rights Watch (HRW) has joined Jibril Rajoub and the Palestinian Authority's political warfare against Israel, this time in the campaign targeting Israel within FIFA. Human Rights Watch has long supported BDS campaigns against Israel,” NGO Monitor said in a statement.

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported that Human Rights Watch failed to note in their report how Rajoub and the Palestinian Authority (PA) use sports to promote terrorism and glorify terrorists as heroes.

Palestinian Media Watch called on Human Rights Watch to publicly condemn the PA’s glorification of terror through sports, as well as Rajoub’s promotion of Palestinian terrorism and his incitement to murder Israelis during the recent terror wave.

Posted on September 26, 2016 .