ANTI-RACISM campaigners have condemned the Fifa council for adopting a “shameful” position on clubs from Israel’s illegal settlements that is “characterised by criminality, cynicism and an abandonment of Fifa’s own stated values.”
Red Card Israeli Racism (RCIR) said they “abhorred” the position adopted at the council’s meeting on Friday, in which Fifa explicitly stated that they will ignore the content of UN resolutions on Palestine and not apply any sanctions to the Israel Football Association.
Fifa further declared the matter to be “closed” and there would be no further discussion about the matter.
RCIR said they were “particularly appalled that the council has taken explicit note of UN security council resolution 2334 and yet decided to take no position on its contents.”
Resolution 2334 describes Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory to be a “a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle” to peace.
“The football world needs to understand that Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory — of which the settlements are the core — is a dead hand placed upon the development of Palestinian society, including its sporting development,” RCIR said.
“That occupation has been described by the UN committee on the elimination of racial discrimination as a regime of racial segregation, ie apartheid.”
RCIR said that all bodies had a duty to respect international law, and expects Fifa to be dragged through the courts.