(JNS.org) The Lawfare Project, a nonprofit legal-focused think tank, last week submitted a formal complaint to the Disciplinary Committee of international soccer’s FIFA governing body, compelling FIFA to review alleged violations of its statutes by the Palestinian Authority’s soccer association and its president, Jibril Rajoub.
The complaint was submitted in collaboration with several other nonprofit organizations, including Palestinian Media Watch, UK Lawyers for Israel and the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
According to The Lawfare Project, the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) and Rajoub have repeatedly breached FIFA’s regulations through open “promotion of racism and terrorism” as well as “incitement of hatred and violence, and encouragement of kidnap and murder.”
“For too long, the PFA has used the sport to promote terrorism in a most egregious manner, unabashedly celebrating acts of terror and naming teams after mass murderers,” said The Lawfare Project’s director, Brooke Goldstein.
“By punishing Muslims who play with Jews, the PFA is actively and intentionally preventing normalization between Israelis and Arabs…inaction will only send the message that FIFA condones such overt abuse of its institution,” she added.
Last week, during his first visit to the U.S., Rajoub was served with a cause of action letter seeking $250 million in damages for his role in the torture and murder of Palestinian-American Azzam Rahim in 1995.