FOPWA is one of many organisations and individuals that has signed a letter calling for Israel to be expelled from FIFA. Israel regularly targets Palestinian soccer players, resulting in their imprisonment, injury or death. Palestine’s national stadium has also been bombed by the IDF multiple times.
The Kick Israel Out Of FIFA campaign condemns Israel’s ongoing apartheid policies, its mass-murder of Palestinian civilians and its attacks on the Palestinian soccer team.
A sample of the letter can be found below:
Dear President Joseph Blatter and FIFA Delegates,
On 16 June 1976, millions of the black majority and other ethnic groups of people in South Africa celebrated and applauded delegates at the FIFA congress in Montreal, Canada, for taking the decisive steps that led to the collapse of the Apartheid system of oppression in South Africa.
Delegates voted 9 to 1 to expel South Africa from FIFA after 15 years of prevarications and suspensions lead by Sir Stanley Rous, during which the apartheid regime brutalized and killed thousands of the most principled people on earth, including school children.
Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the ex-government minister Ronnie Kasrils, all of whom experienced the brutality of this regime, state that Israeli apartheid is far worse than South African apartheid ever was. Israel is guilty of far more serious crimes against humanity.
During seven weeks in July / August 2014 the Israeli army killed over 2200 Palestinians, of whom 538 were children, mutilated thousands more and left 28,000 homeless. Even at its worst moments, like the killings in Soweto, South African apartheid never even came close to this latest Israeli “performance”. However, need we remind you, dear President and delegates, that it was precisely the Soweto massacre that led FIFA, in 1976, to expel South Africa from your organization?
Read the whole letter and see the signatories on :
You can send it to FIFA
– By post : FIFA-Strasse 20, P.O. box 8044, Zurich, Switzerland
or by Fax : +41-(0)43-222 7878
– or by email : firstname.lastname@example.org & http://www.fifa.com/contact-FIFA.html
The letter is also available in German, Dutch, Spanish and French.
If you want to get in touch with this campaign’s organizers in various countries and join the trip to Zurich at the end of May, visit StopRacismeFIFA@gmail.com