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Days after officials at the Federation of International Football Associations announced plans to allow a vote on whether or not to allow Israel to remain in the association, the United States launched a widespread prosecution against’s FIFA’s international leadership in Zurich Switzerland. That will teach FIFA for cracking down on Israeli racism
By Ray Hanania
The U.S. Justice Department issued arrest warrants for 14 leaders of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday, days after the head of FIFA announced he would permit a vote this week on a Palestinian resolution to suspend Israel from FIFA’s international soccer games.
Palestinians have accused Israel of apartheid discrimination and racism, citing Beitar Israel, the Israeli soccer team which bans non-Jews from playing and encourages fans to racist hatred and violence at games. They want Israel to allow non-Jews to play in its leagues and to crackdown on the racism and violence by Israelis against Christians and Muslims.
Israelis responded by arguing that there is racism and violence at soccer games around the world, so why crackdown on Israel?
But rather than allow the vote, the administration of President Barak Obama, who is in a tight Israeli political headlock, sent FBI agents to Zurich to arrest the 14 FIFA officials on charges of engaging in corruption “over the past 20 years.”
Israel isn’t America’s 51st State.
America is Israel’s 51st Settlement
Obviously there was an immediate need to crack down now, I mean, after 20 years of “corruption.”
The arrests are viewed as a typically cynical and hypocritical move by the United States to defend Israel, and to ignore Israel’s violations of human and civil rights.
Obama has tried to confront Israel but has had his teeth kicked in by the Israeli lobby, AIPAC, which wields a brutal influence over Washington D.C. politics. Americans and their elected officials are not allowed to criticize Israel. If they do, the critics are denounced as anti-Semitic and Israel pours millions into election coffers to remove them from office.
The Guardian Newspaper, in an editorial last week, wrote that the suspension should go through because of Israel’s racist policies against non-Jewish citizens specifically Christian and Muslim Palestinians.
“The IFA [Israel Football Association] welcomes teams from illegal settlements into its leagues and competitions. It has racially segregated part of its national children’s league, incurring legal action. It has never once disciplined Beitar Jerusalem FC for that club’s longstanding apparent ban on the hiring of Arab players, or taken serious action to curb the notorious anti-Arab violence of its supporters. Two years of diplomacy have failed to secure change, and FIFA must now take punitive action in defence of its humanitarian ethos.”
Word in Washington D.C. is that the U.S. Government has been exploring prosecuting the Guardian staff for violating the fundamental principle of American Journalism that you can’t criticize Israel without consequences.
Israel isn’t America’s 51st State. America is Israel’s 51st Settlement. Just ask Fox & Fiends!
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and for TheArabDailyNews.com, and TheDailyHookah.com.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
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