While FIFA said it “must remain neutral with regard to political matters,” it has in fact made a political decision not to sanction Israel.
It is high time for the United Nations and the entire international community to take vigorous action to break the century-old logjam created and perpetuated by the great powers.
“We have to face the facts,” Lord Balfour said. “Men are not born equal, the white and black races are not born with equal capacities: they are born with different capacities which education cannot and will not change.”
Now Americans too, even in Dickinson, will be discriminated against for their political views.
Just as Hamas and Fatah might save face with their constituents, Netanyahu too might find an opportunity to benefit from Palestinian reconciliation.
Four reconciliation agreements in six years have brought no real change on the ground. While such skepticism is not unwarranted, there are reasons to believe this time may be different.
Congress has seen critics of Israel and defenders of Palestinian rights before, but none matched McCollum’s historic act.
Since Issa Amro’s arrest, many local and international rights groups called for his immediate release, launching the hashtag #StandWithIssa.
The hashtag quickly went viral as Gazans sarcastically shared far-fetched achievements that touched on the besieged region’s myriad problems.
Michael Bennett’s refusal to become a tool of Israeli propaganda has arguably been the most explicitly political stance, to date, by a high profile athlete.
FIFA may somehow contrive to once again postpone a decision on Israeli human rights violations, but the issue isn’t going away and demands action.
Why a broad sporting boycott of Israel hasn’t emerged despite major successes for the movement in other arenas such as academia, entertainment, and business.
Why would 37,000 Palestinians take part in their own oppression, building illegal settlements and working their own land for the benefit of foreign settlers?
A story of deceit, mendacity, and imperial arrogance that has a contemporary resonance and significance.
Gabiam’s nuanced study of Syria’s Palestinian community is an engaging and informative read.
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