‘All of Israel is occupied Palestine, from the river to the sea’
Ahead of visit by Barcelona soccer club, senior Fatah member Jibril Rajoub says: “There was a stupid Israeli attempt to hold a joint sporting event, which we rejected, because the Israelis are trying to use Barcelona as a fig leaf to hide their crimes.”
Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
Senior Fatah Central Committee member Jibril Rajoub, who is also president of the Palestinian Football Association and Olympic Committee, said Monday, “All of Israel is in occupied Palestinian territory — from the river to the sea.” Rajoub made the comment in Arabic during an interview with Israel’s Channel 5 sports channel.
The website Palestinian Media Watch reported Rajoub’s statement, which he made after being asked his view on the planned trip to Israel by Barcelona Football Club, one of the world’s most famous and successful soccer clubs. Rajoub was asked to comment on the possibility of Barcelona playing an exhibition match against a mixed team comprising Israelis and Palestinians.
Several weeks ago Rajoub was quoted as saying: “If we [Palestinians] had nuclear weapons, we would have already used them against Israel, which is our greatest enemy.”
During his Channel 5 interview, Rajoub said, “The Spaniards must understand that they are coming to occupied lands, because all of Palestine — from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea — is occupied since 1948.”
“There was a stupid Israeli attempt to hold a joint sporting event, which we rejected, because the Israelis are trying to use Barcelona as a fig leaf to hide their crimes against the Palestinian people and sport in Palestine,” Rajoub said.
Meanwhile in the Gaza Strip, Hamas is conducting summer camps for children, teaching them how to shoot rifles and engage in hand-to-hand-combat.
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