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July 31, 2014

Anti-Israel Demonstrations and Anti-Semitic Imagery at Protests Continue Across Latin America

At a demonstration in Mexico City, Mexico, a sign of the Israeli flag with a swastika was seen as well as a large banner reading “We Are All Palestine” with a swastika on the Star of David.

In Concepción, Chile, Juan Hazbun Readi, leader of the Palestinian Community of Concepción said at an anti-Israel rally that:

“We are concerned with what is going on in the Middle East. I would like to say to all the Chilean people (…) that this Holocaust has been going on for more than 66 years, it should end someday. It is not possible for Israel to fight against a defenseless people, with no army. They are accusing the Palestinians of launching missiles, but this is a lie. Palestinians have never come to this. They blame the most powerful army in the world to attacking civilians, they killed more than 100 people in 2-3 days. The world needs to understand that the Palestinians were invaded by Israel 66 years ago, and not just being invaded but Israel brought people from all over the world to occupy their land, to destroy their places, to take charge of their destiny, destroy their schools and in the end to kill everyone. I don’t understand (…) the international community falls because International Zionism has a lobby, not just the media but money, all of the world trade goes through their channels and that’s why the world does nothing, plays ignorant, stupid…”

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July 23, 2014

Anti-Israel Protests in South America

Over the past ten days, there have been several anti-Israel demonstrations throughout Latin America protesting Israel’s military action in Gaza, known as Operation Protective Edge, some with messaging that crossed the line into anti-Semitism. At protests, signs comparing Israel to the Nazis were seen, participants spoke about Israel committing genocide and ethnic cleansing against Palestinians in Gaza, and calls were issued on governments to break relations with Israel.

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Argentinian Committee of Solidarity with Palestine organized a protest outside the Israeli Embassy where dozens of social, political, human rights and student groups participated. Tilda Rabi, President of the Federation of Argentine-Palestinian Entities, requested that the Argentinian government break relations with the Israeli government, remove Israel from the Free Trade Agreement with MERCOSUR, and stated that Argentina cannot be an accomplice to Israel’s “war crimes”.

In La Paz, Bolivia, a demonstration took place on July 11, where Israeli flags were burned and protestors were overheard saying “Enough with the genocide, Zionist State of Israel, for your political interests. They killed thousands of innocent people…”

In Santiago, Chile, a “We Are Palestine” protest took place on Saturday, July 19th where a number of groups protested in front of the Israeli and United States embassies. Omar Salame, President of the Union of Palestinian Students in Chile, said “Palestinian people are a victim of genocide,” and Chafik Lasen, President of the group “Palestine For All” said “Palestinians, we are suffering from genocide by the terrorist state of Israel, the largest terrorist state in the world.” Signs reading “Sionismo (Zionism) = Nazism” were displayed at the demonstration. Members of the Chilean Jewish community report experiencing harassment.

In Araucania, Chile, Romina Tuma, the daughter of Senator Eugenio Tuma, led an anti-Israel protest where around 200 people participated. The protest used the slogan “End the Massacre Against the Palestinian People,” and Tuma said that Israelis “are genocidal.” Israeli flags with a swastika and signs saying “Zionism = Nazism” were visible at the protest. In addition, protestors put red paint on an Israeli flag and later burned it.

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January 15, 2014

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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