Israel has set up six soccer clubs in illegal Israeli settlements on illegally occupied Palestinian land. FIFA laws prohibit using another country’s land without consent, and South African FIFA official, Tokyo Sexwale, is part of a FIFA investigation as to whether these teams should be allowed to participate in international football.
The illegal Israeli settlements are not only an obstacle to peace but are also illegal under international law having been condemned from the South African Government to the European Union and the USA. Israeli settlement football teams legitimise the illegal occupation and condone the suffering of the Palestinians. Palestinians aren’t allowed into the Israeli settlement stadiums, let alone allowed to play football there!
The Israeli Football Association must either remove the settlement football clubs from its membership or must lose its membership with FIFA, as has been the case with other federations that have refused to accept FIFA’s fair play rules in the past.
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