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July 31, 2014 4

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 17

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 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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