RAMALLAH, June 12, 2014 (WAFA) – Palestinian presidency expressed deep appreciation, in a statement Thursday, to a decision made by the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) regarding the formation of an independent committee to monitor the Israeli violations against Palestinian sports.
“We consider this a very significant decision, since it highlights the suffering of our athletic movement and the urgent need to stop it,” said the statement.
“We call on Israel to stop this suffering inflicted upon the athletic movement. We also call to form an independent committee to monitor any breaches and to submit a report [in this regard] next December in Morocco,” it added.
The presidency further considered the decision as an important step towards getting the world knowledgeable about Israel’s “racist procedures” against the Palestinian athletic movement through preventing athletes from participating in regional and international sport events, in contradiction with FIFA regulations and the Olympic Charter.