Days before international soccer federation FIFA met last week for its annual congress, Palestinian soccer federation PFA, which holds membership in FIFA, continued to glorify terror.
Watchdog Palestinian Media Watch reported, citing the PA’s daily Al Hayat Al-Jadida, that the PFA supervised last week - for the 23rd year in a row - an annual soccer tournament named after arch-terrorist Abu Jihad - Khalil Al-Wazir.
Al-Wazir was responsible for the murder of 125 Israelis.
The holding of the tournament came days before FIFA’s annual congress convened. Ironically, included in the list of items up for discussion at the congress was the proposal of the PFA, headed by PA official Jibril Rajoub, to have Israel barred from FIFA on grounds that some Israeli teams hail from the “stolen land” of Judea and Samaria. In the past, as well, Rajoub had called to have Israel barred from FIFA on grounds that it restricts the movement of Palestinian Arab players.
While, ultimately, a solid majority of 73% of FIFA member states voted at the congress not to bar Israel from FIFA, no mention was made at the congress of PA soccer’s systematic glorification of terror against Israelis.