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January 15, 2014 2

Chilean Soccer Used As A Platform For Anti-Semitism, Discrimination And Politics

Chilean soc­cer author­i­ties and FIFA offi­cials have remained silent after reports of the highly politi­cized and unsports­man­like con­duct of the entire Chilean El Palestino soc­cer club. el-palestino-jersey-map-of palestine

The team, which is affil­i­ated with the National Asso­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Soc­cer in Chile, replaced their stan­dard uni­form with jer­seys imprinted with the out­line of what they see as the map of “Pales­tine” in place of numer­als. The imprinted map of “Pales­tine” includes the ter­ri­tory that is the state of Israel.

El Palestino team, by using these jer­seys in games on Jan­u­ary 4, Jan­u­ary 11 and again on Jan­u­ary 13, 2014, has been voic­ing the long-held vicious Pales­tin­ian pro­pa­ganda against the very legit­i­macy and exis­tence of the state of Israel.

In the Jan­u­ary 11 game, El Palestino fans cheered their team for their bold polit­i­cal mes­sage and some spec­ta­tors in the sta­dium even dis­played anti-Semitic flags equat­ing a swastika with the Star of David. swastika-el-palestino-chile-match

FIFA reg­u­la­tions clearly require that, “the team of a player whose basic com­pul­sory equip­ment con­tains polit­i­cal, reli­gious or per­sonal slo­gans or state­ments will be sanc­tioned by the com­pe­ti­tion orga­nizer or by FIFA.”  Addi­tion­ally, Arti­cles 14 and 23 of the FIFA code of Ethics clearly require teams and play­ers to “remain polit­i­cally neu­tral” and to refrain from offend­ing “the dig­nity or integrity of a coun­try, pri­vate per­son or group of peo­ple through con­temp­tu­ous, dis­crim­i­na­tory or den­i­gra­tory words or actions on account of race, skin colour, eth­nic, national or social ori­gin, gen­der, lan­guage, reli­gion, polit­i­cal opin­ion or any other opin­ion, wealth, birth or any other sta­tus, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion or any other reason.”

Soc­cer, or “fut­bol”, is Latin America’s most pop­u­lar sport.  The El Palestino team’s actions remain unchal­lenged while they play in Chile’s first divi­sion; soc­cer author­i­ties in Chile and inter­na­tion­ally need to enforce reg­u­la­tions to pre­vent fur­ther incidents.

 

 

Fút­bol en Chile: Una plataforma para la dis­crim­i­nación y la política

Las autori­dades de fút­bol de Chile y fun­cionar­ios de la FIFA se han man­tenido en silen­cio después de informes sobre la con­ducta alta­mente poli­ti­zada y anti­de­portiva de todo el club de fút­bol chileno El Palestino. El equipo, que está afil­i­ado a la Aso­ciación Nacional de Fút­bol Pro­fe­sional de Chile, reem­plazó su uni­forme están­dar con camise­tas impre­sas con el esbozo de lo que ellos ven como el mapa de “Palestina” en lugar de números. El mapa de “Palestina” impreso incluye el ter­ri­to­rio del Estado de Israel. El equipo El Palestino, al uti­lizar estas camise­tas en los par­tidos del 4 de enero, del 11 de enero y otra vez del 13 de enero de 2014, está artic­u­lando la viciosa y antigua pro­pa­ganda palestina con­tra la legit­im­i­dad y exis­ten­cia del estado de Israel.

En el juego del 11 de enero, seguidores de El Palestino glo­ri­fi­caron a su equipo por su audaz men­saje político y algunos espec­ta­dores en desde las galerías del esta­dio incluso sac­aron ban­deras anti­semi­tas equiparando la esvás­tica con la Estrella de David.

Reglamen­tos de la FIFA estable­cen clara­mente que, “el orga­ni­zador de la com­peti­ción o la FIFA san­cionará al equipo de un jugador cuyo equipamiento básico oblig­a­to­rio tenga men­sajes políti­cos, reli­giosos o per­son­ales”. Además, los artícu­los 14 y 23 del Código Ético de la FIFA clara­mente requieren que los equipos y los jugadores “man­ten­gan una posi­ción política neu­tral” y que se absten­gan de ofender “la dig­nidad o inte­gri­dad de un país, de una per­sona o de un grupo de per­sonas medi­ante pal­abras o acciones despec­ti­vas, dis­crim­i­na­to­rias o den­i­grantes, por razón de su raza, color de piel, etnia, ori­gen nacional o social, gen­ero, idioma, religión, posi­cionamiento político o de otra índole, poder adquis­i­tivo, lugar de nacimiento o proce­den­cia, ori­entación sex­ual o cualquier otro motivo”.

El Fút­bol es el deporte más pop­u­lar de América Latina. El equipo El Palestino con­tin­uará con sus acciones mien­tras juegue otros par­tidos de la primera división chilena a menos que las autori­dades de fút­bol de Chile como a nivel inter­na­cional hagan cumplir las nor­mas y reg­u­la­ciones para evi­tar nuevos incidentes.

 

 

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January 15, 2014 2

Ariel Sharon in the Middle East Media: Reviled In Death As In Life

Just as for­mer Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ariel Sharon was demo­nized in the Arab and Mus­lim media through­out his life, so it is fol­low­ing his death.  Fol­low­ing Sharon’s death on Jan­u­ary 11, news­pa­pers and web­sites across the Mid­dle East were flooded with arti­cles, opin­ion pieces and car­toons depict­ing him as a “killer,” “butcher,” “ter­ror­ist,” and “war criminal.”

In their look back at Sharon’s life, most opin­ion writ­ers have focused on what they con­sider to be his direct respon­si­bil­ity for the 1982 Sabra and Shatila mas­sacre in Lebanon. Oth­ers have accused him of being respon­si­ble for the US-led war in Iraq and for mas­ter­mind­ing an alleged assas­si­na­tion of Yasser Arafat.

Jihad Al-Khazin wrote in the London-based Al-Hayat, “….I hear he died and I hear that he is about to die, and I say ‘God, don’t send him back.’ He paid the price of his crimes on earth, and when he leaves he will be fire­wood for hell.”

Iron­i­cally, while the view from the street and the media is uni­formly neg­a­tive, many Arab lead­ers — qui­etly – are said to have had great respect for Sharon. While they may have dis­agreed with his poli­cies, many have said that they trusted his cred­i­bil­ity and viewed him as a leader who would always stand by his word.

Per­haps more than other Israeli leader, Sharon was vil­i­fied in the Arab media through­out his life. While op-eds fre­quently assigned to Sharon the worst human attrib­utes, it was through the more visual — and vis­ceral – edi­to­r­ial car­toons where the for­mer Prime Min­is­ter was por­trayed as a demonic fig­ure that was the embod­i­ment of human evil.

As high­lighted in ADL’s 2010 pub­li­ca­tion, Per­son­al­iz­ing the Con­flict: A Decade of Assault on Israel’s Pre­miers in the Arab Media, depic­tions of Sharon in car­toons included rivers of blood, images of the angel of death, var­i­ous mon­sters and ani­mals with demonic fea­tures, Nazi com­par­isons, and clas­si­cal anti-Semitic themes like alle­ga­tions of blood libels.

A favorite car­i­ca­ture of Sharon was of him eat­ing Pales­tin­ian chil­dren, drink­ing their blood and slaugh­ter­ing them.  Even fol­low­ing Sharon’s debil­i­tat­ing stroke in Jan­u­ary 2006, Arab news­pa­pers por­trayed him on his sick bed, intim­i­dat­ing the angel of death, who is afraid to take him.

After his death, the car­toons appear­ing in the Arab and Iran­ian media repeat these long-time images of Sharon as a devil, now eagerly awaited in hell.

 

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January 8, 2014 1

U.S. Based Islamist TV Station Disseminates Anti-Semitism

Ahl-e-Bait TV, a San Diego-based Islamist satel­lite sta­tion fix­ated on attack­ing main­stream Sunni Islam, has been pro­mot­ing con­spir­a­cies that include anti-Semitic alle­ga­tions of a Sunni-Jewish alliance.hassan-allahyari

Ahl-e-Bait TV, the only satel­lite sta­tion of its kind based in the U.S., is avail­able through mul­ti­ple satel­lite providers around the world. The sta­tion, report­edly founded in 2009, has seen its pop­u­lar­ity grow in the Arab and Mus­lim world as a result of its provoca­tive mes­sages, which can be accessed through mul­ti­ple online plat­forms as well.

The bulk of the station’s broad­cast fea­tures live dis­cus­sions between callers from the Mus­lim and Arab world and the California-based Sheik Has­san Allah­yari, a Shi’a cleric orig­i­nally from Afghanistan whose reli­gious views and pub­lic crit­i­cism of promi­nent Mus­lim fig­ures has increased his pro­file in the Mus­lim world in recent years.

In an episode that was posted online on Decem­ber 13, 2013, Allah­yari accused one of the most revered Sunni fig­ures, the sec­ond Mus­lim Caliph, Umar ibn Al-Khattab, of sup­port­ing Jews. Allah­yari said, “This man [Umar ibn Al-Khattab] deeply loves the Jew­ish nar­ra­tives and the satir­i­cal reli­gious sto­ries and hereti­cal lies which Jews claim about sev­eral of God’s prophets, such as Joseph, Lot and Abra­ham.” Allah­yari also sug­gested that ibn Al-Khattab loves “the fal­si­fied Torah” and that he was mar­ried to a Jew­ish genie.  

In a live dis­cus­sion in Novem­ber with a caller from Alge­ria about ibn Al-Khattab’s deci­sion to allow Jews to remain in their homes fol­low­ing the Mus­lim con­quest of Jerusalem, Allah­yari accused ibn Al-Khattab of “serv­ing the Jews by let­ting them live in Pales­tine.” Allah­yari added that Umar ibn Al-Khattab pre­ceded con­tem­po­rary Israeli lead­ers in the effort to estab­lish a Jew­ish pres­ence in Palestine.

Although the station’s pri­mary tar­get is gen­er­ally Sunni Mus­lims, Ahl-e-Bait TV has also attacked Chris­tians, Jews and other Shi’a Mus­lims in the past who dis­agree with their views. In a March 9, 2012 broad­cast, for exam­ple Allah­yari ridiculed an Iran­ian Chris­t­ian caller for believ­ing in the trin­ity. Allah­yari con­cluded his con­ver­sa­tion with the caller by telling him, “If you had any intel­li­gence, you wouldn’t be a Christian.”Allahyari has also attacked con­tem­po­rary Sunni states for seek­ing sup­port from Chris­tians and Jews in their con­flicts, claim­ing that Saudi Ara­bia forged alliances with Jews and Amer­ica against Sad­dam Hus­sein dur­ing the 1991 Gulf War. 

In recent years, the Sunni-Shi’a schism in the Mus­lim world has sparked anti-Semitic alle­ga­tions, with each side accus­ing the other of affil­i­at­ing with Jews.

Ahl-e-Bait TV describes its goal as to “expose the ene­mies of the Prophet and his fam­ily ℗ with­out pan­der­ing to any­one…” and “to show the true Islam which has been hid­den from the com­mon people.”

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