Monday, February 13, 2017

Germany signs sports agreement with terror promoting PA official Rajoub

Via PMW (by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik):
- Rajoub on murderers of Israelis: “heroes... a crown on our heads”  
- The Palestinian Football Association supervises yearly sporting event named after terrorist Abu Jihad  
- Rajoub prohibits joint sports activities between Palestinians and Israelis and called a joint match between Israeli and Palestinian boys “a crime against humanity” - Germany will pay “all expenses and fees” for expert to join the Palestinian Football Association to help it “advance the football sector”  
- German representative in Ramallah is “proud” of agreement

Last week, the head of the German representation in Ramallah, Peter Beerwerth, signed “the first bilateral cooperation agreement” in sports between the PA and Germany with Jibril Rajoub, the president of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs in the Palestinian Authority.  
In its recent report The Rajoub File, Palestinian Media Watch documented that Jibril Rajoub is an outspoken supporter of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis and prohibits peace building sports activities between Palestinians and Israelis. During the latest wave of Palestinian attacks against Israelis, Rajoub congratulated terrorist murderers, telling them that: “You are ‎heroes and we bless you... you are a ‎crown on our heads.” When a friendly football match took place between 11-year-old Israeli and Palestinian boys after the Gaza War in 2014, Rajoub called it a “crime against humanity.”   
In addition, the Palestinian Football Association, which will be the beneficiary of a German football expert paid for by Germany, supervises an annual sporting event named after arch-terrorist Abu Jihad. According to the Palestinian Authority’s own documentation, terrorist Abu Jihad was responsible for the murder of 125 people 
The official PA daily reported that the new agreement between Germany and the PA is the result of “meetings between Rajoub and senior officials of the sports sector in Germany,” and that the German Olympic Committee and the German Football Association at these meetings had “demonstrated a willingness to contribute to the development of many sports branches in Palestine.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 1, 2017]  
Germany’s association and signing of an agreement with terror promoting Rajoub is in stark contrast to German Parliament Members' condemnation of Germany’s possible funding of terror-supporting activities by the PA, specifically the PA’s honoring of terrorists by paying them salaries in prison as PMW has documented  
German MP Volker Beck asked German Foreign Minister in September 2016 how Germany ensures its funding to the PA is not paying for salaries to terrorists, and after seeing a presentation by PMW in 2015, German MP Albert Weiler stated that "it should not be possible for anti-democratic terror organizations to murder Jews or Christians in the name of their religion. We must fight this strongly. And the whole world should be doing it together."
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