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  • Israel's 'war on BDS' misses the point

    Israel’s best-selling daily paper enlists in the war against international isolation and boycott. But 'Yedioth,' like many others in Israel, is ignoring the driving force behind boycott and international isolation — the occupation. By Tomer Persico Israel’s best-selling daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth and its website, Ynet, launched a special project on Monday. Under the banner, “Fighting the Boycott,” the newspaper entered “trench warfare” against the boycott Israel movement. Star right-wing columnist Ben-Dror Yemini wrote a long article claiming that the boycott movement is borne of a desire to de-legitimize the entire State of Israel, and not just the settlements and the…

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  • PHOTOS: Showing Israeli soldiers the red card in Nabi Saleh

    The campaign to expel Israel from FIFA makes its way to the weekly anti-occupation protests in the West Bank.   As the world watched the FIFA Congress Friday to see whether the international soccer organization would vote to expel Israel from the association, today's weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh took the form of a soccer game. [tmwinpost] Under the watchful eyes of IDF, Border Police and riot police units stationed at the village entrance, Palestinians and internationals placed rocks on the main road to act as goalposts, and began competing against each other in penalty shootouts (the rocks are most often placed…

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  • Expulsion or not, Palestinians can declare victory at FIFA

    As the vote on the possible expulsion of Israel from FIFA draws nearer, the Israeli delegation suddenly decides to discuss easing restrictions on Palestinian players, who just yesterday were deemed 'security threats.' What gives? At this point, it is unclear whether FIFA will vote to expel Israel from soccer's international governing body on Friday, or whether the vote will even happen in the first place. What is clear is that a nonviolent Palestinian initiative akin to a sports boycott on Israel paid off. While the prime minister and the president of Israel are up in arms over a "strategic threat,"…

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  • What Israelis don’t get about attempts to boot Israel from FIFA

    It is incomprehensible that one of the premier clubs in Israel doesn't allow Arab players — because they are Arab. By Asaf Marziano The head of Palestinian Football Federation, Jibril Rajoub, is attempting to have Israel expelled from FIFA, soccer's international governing body. The topic has been making headlines in Israel and internationally in recent weeks, coinciding with a visit to the region by FIFA President Sepp Blatter last week. Despite attempts by Israel, and Blatter, it seems that Rajoub's initiative might bear fruit. The topic will come up for a vote in FIFA on Friday. [tmwinpost] Rajoub's stated reasons…

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  • When even Israel's sports reporters ignore Palestinians

    It turns out that only threatening measures by the Palestinian Authority make the Israeli media notice Palestinian athletes. By Asaf Marziano A "blind spot" is a kind of built-in flaw in the human eye. This spot exists for all of us, meaning that our view of the world will always lack that certain spot. Because our mind has mechanisms that allow us to complete the picture based on prior knowledge about the world, we are able to see a complete, continuous picture. It is understood that this picture will match what we know about the world, and not the the…

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  • How one soccer match tells the entire Palestinian story

    On Friday morning, the Palestine national soccer team will face off against Jordan, a team with a majority of Palestinian players, in the Asian Cup. Whether they choose to or not, the 22 players on the field will tell the story of refugees, occupation, checkpoints and the connection between home and diaspora. Oh, and they'll also play soccer.  By Yonatan Mendel May 30, 2014 will go down as one of the biggest days in the history of Palestinian soccer. It happened far away from home, in Malé, the capital of Maldives. Palestine made it to the final round of the AFC…

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  • The case of soccer racism and the success of international pressure

    The issue of racism and Islamophobia among Beitar Jerusalem fans was considered an 'unsolvable problem' – until it was solved. One of the nastiest problem in Israeli soccer is about to get better, if not completely disappear: The issue of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab racism among fans, players and staff. This is a decades-long problem in some clubs, the most well-known – but certainly not the only - being Beitar Jerusalem, which developed over the year a counter-culture that had a distinctive racist feature in it. The case got much attention lately, but unlike reports in the international media suggested, the problem's roots…

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