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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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May 22, 2013 2

State Department’s Religious Freedom Report Recognizes Severity Of Global Anti-Semitism

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Des­e­cra­tion of Jew­ish cemetery

On May 20, 2013, U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry released the State Department’s annual Inter­na­tional Reli­gious Free­dom Report for 2012, describ­ing the U.S. assess­ment of the sta­tus of reli­gious free­dom in every coun­try. The report cov­ers gov­ern­ment poli­cies vio­lat­ing reli­gious belief and prac­tices of groups, reli­gious denom­i­na­tions and indi­vid­u­als, and U.S. poli­cies to pro­mote reli­gious free­dom around the world.

This annual report demon­strates the Amer­i­can com­mit­ment to the fun­da­men­tal demo­c­ra­tic right to prac­tice one’s reli­gion with­out inter­fer­ence from gov­ern­ment and sig­ni­fies and under­scores the role gov­ern­ments must play in pro­tect­ing that right.  It shines a light on a num­ber of impor­tant issues specif­i­cally related to the per­se­cu­tion of reli­gious minori­ties, includ­ing gov­ern­ment spon­sored dis­crim­i­na­tion, reli­gious big­otry and hatred prop­a­gated by the media, and vio­lence directed at spe­cific reli­gious denominations.

While address­ing all forms of reli­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion, the U.S. government’s role in mon­i­tor­ing and com­bat­ting anti-Jewish expres­sions around the world is an impor­tant fea­ture of the report. It high­lights inci­dents of anti-Semitism on the gov­ern­men­tal level, in pol­i­tics and within the media, and doc­u­ments acts of van­dal­ism and vio­lence directed at Jews. These include:

Iran — The government’s con­tin­ued Holo­caust denial and prop­a­ga­tion of anti-Semitic stereo­types, includ­ing pro­nounce­ments by Pres­i­dent Ahmadine­jad regard­ing “Zionists…ruling the major world affairs” for some 400 years.

Egypt — Senior Mus­lim Broth­er­hood offi­cials, includ­ing Supreme Guide Mohamed Badei, fre­quently issue anti-Semitic state­ments, while the media airs anti-Semitic pro­gram­ming, includ­ing the TV series “Horse­man with­out a Horse” based on the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic forgery “The Pro­to­cols of the Elders of Zion.” The wide­spread hatred and vio­lence directed at Egypt’s Cop­tic Chris­t­ian com­mu­nity is also mentioned.

Venezuela — Anti-Semitism is quite preva­lent in the gov­ern­ment con­trolled media, par­tic­u­larly in opin­ion pieces and edi­to­r­ial car­toons. The recent pres­i­den­tial can­di­dacy of Hen­rique Capriles, a Catholic of Jew­ish descent, was a main focus of the media’s anti-Semitism. 

Chile - There has been an increase in the num­ber anti-Semitic pub­lic state­ments, par­tic­u­larly across social media plat­forms. Inci­dents of anti-Jewish van­dal­ism are on the rise, and a num­ber of phys­i­cal attacks against Jews were doc­u­mented, includ­ing an assault on a 14 year-old by a group of Neo-Nazis.

The State Department’s report also makes a num­ber of ref­er­ences to ADL’s work in high­light­ing and com­bat­ing global anti-Semitism, par­tic­u­larly in Europe. These include:

Aus­triaADL’s train­ing projects with the Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion on Holo­caust education.

GreeceADL’s state­ments call­ing on gov­ern­ment author­i­ties to do more to counter the anti-Semitic rhetoric and vio­lent actions of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn polit­i­cal party.

Hun­garyADL’s state­ments call­ing on the gov­ern­ment to enforce a new law that would hold mem­bers of par­lia­ment legally account­able for espous­ing hate­ful remarks. This law was in reac­tion to an anti-Semitic state­ment by a mem­ber of country’s neo-Nazi Job­bik party, who called on par­lia­ment to “assess how many MPs and gov­ern­ment mem­bers are of Jew­ish ori­gin and who present a national secu­rity risk to Hun­gary.” The report also cited ADL’s sur­vey on anti-Semitic atti­tudes in Hun­gary which showed a sig­nif­i­cant rise in the per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion har­bor­ing anti-Semitic attitudes.

TurkeyADL’s state­ment crit­i­ciz­ing a cos­met­ics com­pany for fea­tur­ing Adolph Hitler in a sham­poo com­mer­cial that ran on state television.

The State Department’s Inter­na­tional Reli­gious Free­dom Report for 2012 can be found here.

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