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June 11, 2014 0

Hezbollah World Cup Competition Brought To You By WhatsApp

Update — 6/12/14: As of today, the com­pe­ti­tion adver­tise­ment on Al Manar (see image below), no longer includes the What­sApp logo.

Hezbollah’s satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion, Al Manar TV, has launched an online com­pe­ti­tion in time for the World Cup called “Expect and Win” that uses the California-based instant mes­sag­ing ser­vice WhatsApp.wolrd-cup-soccer-hezbollah-al-manar-whatsapp

The com­pe­ti­tion, adver­tised by the Al Manar TV web­site, will award a par­tic­i­pant who cor­rectly selects the win­ning team in the World Cup opener between Brazil and Croa­tia on June 12. Par­tic­i­pants sub­mit their selec­tion via What­sApp and a win­ner will be selected on June 13.

The com­pe­ti­tion rules say that only Lebanese are allowed to par­tic­i­pate by send­ing their per­sonal infor­ma­tion and selec­tion to Al Manar TV through What­sApp. The com­pe­ti­tion is spon­sored by a group of local busi­nesses in Lebanon, includ­ing restau­rants and shops. It is unclear what “reward” the win­ner will receive.

The com­pe­ti­tion is the lat­est exam­ple of how ter­ror­ist groups like Hezbol­lah use tech­nol­ogy to inter­act with indi­vid­u­als and engage with a younger generation.

Al Manar TV, which is listed by the U.S. gov­ern­ment as a “Spe­cially Des­ig­nated Global Ter­ror­ist Entity,”first began using the What­sApp ser­vice in Jan­u­ary of 2014 as a way to reach and inter­act with their audi­ence world­wide and to deliver break­ing news via texts deliv­ered to smartphones.

Al Manar TV broad­casts Hezbollah’s mes­sages of hate and vio­lence, dis­sem­i­nates anti-Semitic and anti-American pro­pa­ganda and glo­ri­fies sui­cide bomb­ings to mil­lions of view­ers in the Arab world, Europe and South East Asia 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In July of 2012, ADL exposed Al Manar’s efforts to cre­ate free appli­ca­tions for smart­phones avail­able through iTunes and other online stores. The appli­ca­tion was removed from the iTunes store and Hezbol­lah issued a state­ment blam­ing ADL for the removal of its applications.

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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 7, 2014 0

United Arab Emirates Bars Another Israeli Athlete from Sporting Competition

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Dan Mori

Update: On Jan­u­ary 12, 2014, the Vitesse foot­ball team issued the fol­low­ing statement:

“In ret­ro­spect, dif­fer­ent orga­ni­za­tions have said there were options to make it pos­si­ble to travel to the UAE with Mori, who is Israeli. The com­plex­ity around orga­niz­ing travel to coun­tries with spe­cific entry pro­ce­dures in a short space of time meant not all the options were uti­lized. Vitesse regrets the com­mo­tion and offers apolo­gies to every­one who feels in any way affected by the deci­sion to exclude Mori.”

Once again, the United Arab Emi­rates has report­edly acted to pre­vent an Israeli ath­lete from enter­ing the coun­try to par­tic­i­pate in a local sport­ing event. Accord­ing to news reports, Dutch soc­cer team Vitesse Arn­hem was informed on Sat­ur­day that Israeli squad mem­ber Dan Mori would not be allowed to travel to Abu Dhabi for upcom­ing soc­cer matches, despite pre­vi­ous assur­ances that Mori would be admit­ted. Vitesse Arn­hem decided to travel to the UAE with­out Mori, a move that drew crit­i­cism from Dutch politi­cians and organizations.

The most well-known inci­dent involv­ing an Israeli ath­lete being barred from the UAE occurred in 2009 when ten­nis player Sha­har Peer was refused a visa to par­tic­i­pate in the Dubai Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship. As a result, a num­ber of inter­na­tional ten­nis stars, includ­ing Venus Williams, pub­li­cally con­demned the visa rejec­tion, and Andy Rod­dick, the 2008 men’s sin­gles cham­pion, with­drew from the tour­na­ment. The Dubai tour­na­ment was heav­ily fined for its actions. Although Peer was granted a visa to par­tic­i­pate in sub­se­quent years, her access and mobil­ity were severely lim­ited by the UAE.

A more recent episode occurred in Decem­ber 2013, when the Israeli under-18 chess team com­peted in the World Youth Chess Cham­pi­onship in Dubai. Accord­ing to reports, the UAE had ini­tially refused to allow the Israeli team to com­pete, but reversed its deci­sion after FIDE – the World Chess Fed­er­a­tion – threat­ened to nul­lify the tournament.

The dif­fi­cul­ties encoun­tered by Israeli ath­letes exist not just in the UAE but across the broader Arab world, and even when Israelis are per­mit­ted to par­tic­i­pate they often encounter severe prej­u­dice. An exam­ple of this occurred dur­ing the Octo­ber 2013 FINA Swim­ming World Cup tour­na­ment in Doha, Qatar, when orga­niz­ers report­edly removed an Israeli flag from out­side the aquatic cen­ter where the event was tak­ing place, and TV cov­er­age of a race involv­ing an Israeli swim­mer cov­ered over the Israeli flag on the screen. And dur­ing the same month, the Tunisian Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion was sus­pended from the Davis Cup for one year after Tunisian player Malek Jaziri refused to play a Davis Cup match against Israeli Amir Weintraub.

Most inter­na­tional sport­ing asso­ci­a­tions require that hosts facil­i­tate the par­tic­i­pa­tion of all ath­letes, regard­less of eth­nic­ity or nationality.

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