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The Daily TIP: FIFA Disciplines Palestinian Football Chief for Threatening Argentinian Team, Messi

Posted by Tip Staff - August 27, 2018

FIFA Disciplines Palestinian Football Chief for Threatening Argentinian Team, Messi
U.S. Announces Cut of $200 Million in Annual Aid to PA
Anti-Israel Campus Organization, SJP, To Hold Annual Conference at UCLA
UN Gives Sustainability Business Award to Israeli Marine Biologist


FIFA Disciplines Palestinian Football Chief for Threatening Argentinian Team, Messi

FIFA’s disciplinary committee has sanctioned the head of the Palestinian Football Association, after determining that statements from Jibril Rajoub incited hatred and violence, in violation of Article 53 of the international football organization’s disciplinary code.

FIFA said Rajoub had been handed a 12-month match suspension and a $20,000 fine, “following media statements he gave calling on football fans to target the Argentinian Football Association and burn jerseys and pictures of Lionel Messi.”

Argentina was scheduled to play a friendly match against Israel in Jerusalem on June 9 prior to the World Cup. The match was later cancelled, after Messi was threatened and Argentina called off the event to protect their players. The Israeli embassy in Argentina said at the time that the situation was not foreign “to the daily life of Israel's civilian population whose sporting stars, to put it simply, have been on numerous occasions the targets of violence and attacks.”

FIFA said Rajoub’s suspension “entails a ban on taking part in any future match or competition taking place during the given period.” The organization clarified that Rajoub “will not be able to attend football matches or competitions in any official capacity, which includes, among others, participating in media activities at stadiums or in their vicinity on matchdays.”

The 12-month match suspension becomes effective immediately.

Rajoub is the head of the Central Committee of Fatah, the Palestinian political party which controls the Palestinian National Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank. Rajoub is also head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee.



U.S. Announces Cut of $200 Million in Annual Aid to PA

The United States announced that it would cut $200 million in annual aid from the Palestinian Authority (PA), The Jerusalem Post reported Friday.

The impetus for reducing the aid, according to a State Department spokesman, was the result of a review "to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with US national interests and provide value to the US taxpayer."

The cut in aid to the PA comes amid nearly $3 billion in overall foreign aid cuts by the administration.

Though the U.S. has provided some $5.2 billion to the PA since 1994, the PA is resistant to the peace initiative the Trump administration is formulating. Following President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announcing his intention to move the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem in December of last year, the PA has cut off all formal contacts with the administration.

The PA isn't only refusing to deal with the U.S. in efforts to achieve a peace deal with Israel but is undercutting international efforts to provide humanitarian support for Gaza.

Last week, it was reported there were was increased friction between the PA and Egypt, after PA President Mahmoud Abbas nixed a truce deal between Israel and Hamas that had been brokered by Egypt.

Since becoming president a year and a half ago, Trump has repeatedly called on the PA to stop incitement to violence. The PA has consistently refused to tone down its rhetoric or end the "Pay to Slay" program that incentivizes terror against Israel.



Anti-Israel Campus Organization, SJP, To Hold Annual Conference at UCLA

National Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) announced that it will host its eighth annual conference at the University of California, Los Angeles, to remind students that Zionism “can be destroyed,” Shiri Moshe reported in The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

The conference will take place on November 16-18 under the theme of “resistance in the face of adversity.” In a note explaining the conference’s goals, the organizers defined Zionism – the belief that Jews have a right to their own homeland – as “ethnic cleansing, destruction, mass expulsion, apartheid, and death.”

The organizers said the conference will seek to remind students “that Zionism is not an insurmountable force,” and “The reason we can have hope is that Zionism is a human ideology and a set of laws that have been challenged and can be destroyed.”

SJP is part of the wider Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign that openly advocates for the destruction of the Jewish State. Several studies have suggested that anti-Zionist activity like BDS is a contributing to anti-Semitic sentiments and activity on U.S. college campuses.

Asaf Romirowsky, executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, told The Algemeiner that SJP is a subsidiary of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), which he said has “direct ties” to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Romirowsky observed that the evidence should encourage UCLA “to be much more concerned about the sources of the money [for the conference] and what they are allowing to come in to their institution.”



UN Gives Sustainability Business Award to Israeli Marine Biologist

Israeli marine biologist Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, head of Tel Aviv-based ECOncrete, was selected as an awardee in the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge, the first global business competition for women entrepreneurs who are advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The WE Empower Challenge honors five female entrepreneurs, one from each of the five UN regions, who are advancing the SDGs through their business practices. The opportunity recognizes their innovative work, provides capacity-building training sessions and high-level advocacy opportunities.

Perkol-Finkel cofounded ECOncrete in 2012 to address the ecological damage done by concrete ports, breakwaters and piers.

Perkol-Finkel cofounded ECOncrete in 2012 to address the ecological damage done by concrete ports, breakwaters and piers.

ECOncrete’s environmentally sensitive concrete products enhance marine life while increasing the structural stability, longevity and aesthetics of urban waterfronts and coastal structures. The technology features a modified concrete “recipe,” a variegated texture attractive to marine life, and a 3D design to accommodate elements such as tiny holes for little fish to hide in.

The WE Empower Challenges Awardees will convene in New York City during the week of the UN General Assembly starting September 24. They’ll attend the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, a dialogue with the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL), the We the People Summit, the G5 Collective Dinner and the Global Citizen Summit.

Representing the “Western EU & Other” region, Perkol-Finkel will join the other four awardees in a pitch competition hosted by fashion designer, activist and Vital Voices Board Member Diane von Furstenberg, vying for a $20,000 grant.

Perkol-Finkel has a PhD in marine biology and ecology from Tel-Aviv University.

(via Israel21c)


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