PA sports chair: Oust Israel from Olympic c´tees (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 05/18/12)
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Jibril Rajoub, chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, on
Thursday called for Israel to be expelled from all international
Olympic unions and committees until it “honors international
Rajoub said that he was personally prepared to lead the anti-Israel
campaign, but only if he received help from the Arab countries.
He also voiced strong opposition to any form of normalization with
Israel, particularly in the field of sports.
The term “normalization” does not exist in the Palestinian sports
dictionary, Rajoub stressed during a seminar in Ramallah.
He added that sports in the Palestinian territories was “one of the
methods of resistance” against Israel.
Rajoub also called on Arab media representatives and athletes to
visit the Palestinian territories, arguing that this was not a form
of normalization with Israel.
“The youth sector in Palestine is the basic fuel for the liberation
project,” Rajoub said. He also emphasized the youth’s role in
maintaining a “permanent state of confrontation” with Israel.
Rajoub, who spent 17 years in Israeli prison, founded and headed the
much-feared Preventive Security Service in the West Bank immediately
after the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1994.
While he was in the job, Rajoub was known for his close and warm ties
with representatives of the Israeli security establishment –
something that earned him many enemies among Palestinians, especially
Rajoub was also considered a “moderate” leader and champion of
contacts with Israelis, particularly representatives of Israeli left-
wing parties and groups. At one stage he was also touted as a
potential successor to Yasser Arafat. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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