The head of the Palestinian Football Association says the planned match in Jerusalem is a violation of rights.
The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) has criticized a planned exhibition match in Jerusalem involving the Spanish match Barcelona.
In a letter to the FIFA world government, PFA president Jibril Rajoub said that Jerusalem has been declared a divided city in a UN resolution and that Barcelona’s planned opponents Beitar Jerusalem are a racist club.
“Although we do not have the right to tell any club how to organize their friendly matches, we do have the right to oppose the choice of Jerusalem as the venue of the proposed match,” Rajoub said in the letter, which was also addressed to European and Asian football governing bodies, UEFA and AFC.
“According to international law, Jerusalem is a divided city and its eastern part is considered occupied Palestinian land, which gives the Palestinian Football Association jurisdiction over any football activities that take place in this part,” he continued.
Rajoub went on to say that the accompanying events for the planned match include planned activities in the occupied Old City of East Jerusalem, which “constitute a violation of our rights”.
The August 4 match is scheduled for the Malha district, the site of a Palestinian village that has been ethnically cleansed by Zionist paramilitaries in preparation for the 1948 creation of Israel.
The club, which is the favorite of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has gained notoriety for the racism of its fans and its fans. “dead to the Arabs»Canti.
The club’s ultras, known as La Familia, are proud to never have a Palestinian or Arab player on their list.
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, had acquired a 50% stake in Beitar but was frozen due to questions about the sheikh’s finances.
The team had already said that Sheikh Hamad is committed to investing 300 million shekels ($ 92 million) in the club in the next 10 years.
In the past, Rajoub had also been opposed to the Argentine national team playing in Jerusalem.
The 2018 game was canceled, but FIFA banned Rajoub for 12 months for inciting hatred and violence after he was asked to burn Lionel Messi shirts and posters in case the game was held.