All Blog Posts Tagged 'Palestine' (124)

Israel and Palestine play high stakes soccer

By James M. Dorsey

Israel and Palestine are playing political soccer with Palestinian football as the ball. It is a match which Israel is unlikely to win and that could prove to produce a bruising loss.

The stakes for Israel‎ are far higher than for Palestine. Israel is effectively on probation as it seeks to definitively defeat Palestinian efforts to persuade world soccer body FIFA to suspend Israeli membership as part of a broader Palestinian campaign to isolate the Jewish…

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Added by James M Dorsey on August 11, 2015 at 1:37am — No Comments

Israel struggles with racist underground

By James M. Dorsey

Israel is struggling with how to deal with groups some of which are underground that are linked to a banned nationalist political party that has emerged at the core of recent racist, anti-Palestinian incidents and include a militant soccer fan group that was responsible for last month’s violent clashes during a Europa League qualifier in Belgium between Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem and Charleloi SC.

Two government investigations of Beitar and La Familia, its…

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Added by James M Dorsey on August 5, 2015 at 5:02am — No Comments

TransConflict - July 2015 Review

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TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during July, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, available by…

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Added by TransConflict on August 3, 2015 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Israeli soccer violence moves racism up the government’s agenda

By James M. Dorsey

A violent display of racism by extreme nationalist supporters of storied Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem coupled with recent Ethiopian Israeli protests against discrimination and the government’s handling of the capture of two Israelis by Hamas has moved racist attitudes towards dark-skinned Jews and Israeli Palestinian up the government’s agenda.

Driving calls for the banning of La Familia, the racist anti-Arab, anti-Muslim fan group…

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Added by James M Dorsey on July 19, 2015 at 11:29am — No Comments

Unprecedented Israeli action against Jerusalem club’s anti-Arab/Muslim racism

By James M. Dorsey

The Israeli government, in a historic break with past policy, is taking right-wing, nationalist Israeli soccer club, Beitar Jerusalem, to task for its openly racist policy of refusing to hire Israeli-Palestinian players, who rank among the country’s top performers.

The move just weeks after the Israel Football Association (IFA) narrowly pre-empted adoption of a resolution put forward by the Palestine Football Association (PFA) suspend Israel’s membership in…

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Added by James M Dorsey on July 10, 2015 at 1:59am — No Comments

TransConflict - June 2015 Review

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TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during June, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, available by…

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Added by TransConflict on July 1, 2015 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Can FIFA's Blatter prevent Israel's suspension from international soccer?

by James M. Dorsey @mideastsoccer

Winning a fifth term in office will be a cakewalk for FIFA’s

oft-criticized president Sepp Blatter, when measured against

the challenges posed to him by the looming Israeli-Palestinian

showdown in world soccer’s governing body. Blatter is

expected to travel to the Middle East ahead of FIFA’s May

29 congress, hoping to forge a compromise between the

two rival soccer associations to head off the Palestine Football…

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Added by James M Dorsey on May 18, 2015 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Political Violence: Retiring the Word Terrorism

By James M. Dorsey

Founders of many modern states, including stalwarts of anti-terrorism like Israel and allies in the war on terror like the Kurds, achieved goals with political violence that killed innocent people and would be classified today as terrorism. In fact, the history of political violence mitigates in favour of recognizing it as a reflection of deep-seated social, economic and political problems -- rather than demonising it through terms like terrorism or evil.

Recent…

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Added by James M Dorsey on April 27, 2015 at 2:03pm — 1 Comment

Israel chides club for racism in bid to fend off FIFA suspension

By James M. Dorsey

Israel’s Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) has demanded that notoriously racist club Beitar Jerusalem, the bad boy of Israeli soccer, retract recent statements that it would maintain its policy of not hiring Palestinian players because of opposition by the team’s militant, racist fan base.

The demand comes as Israel is fighting an attempt by the Palestine Football Association (PFA) to get the Jewish state suspended from FIFA at next month’s…

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Added by James M Dorsey on April 21, 2015 at 2:08am — No Comments

TransConflict - March 2015 Review

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TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during March, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation and selected…

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Added by TransConflict on April 1, 2015 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Contours of future Israeli-Palestinian battles emerge on the soccer pitch

By James M. Dorsey

Legal and diplomatic battles in United Nations organizations and international sport associations involving charges of war crimes and efforts to suspend membership of one or the other are likely to shape future Israeli-Palestinian relations in the wake of last month’s electoral victory by Binyamin Netanyahu.

The contours of the coming battles are emerging on the soccer pitches even before Mr. Netanyahu forms his cabinet with a Palestinian campaign to suspend…

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Added by James M Dorsey on March 30, 2015 at 12:27am — No Comments

Intractable Peacebuilding: Innovation and Perseverance in the Israeli-Palestinian Context

By Ned Lazarus

Working Paper 28

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University

March 2015

Advocates of Israeli-Palestinian peace face a season of soul-searching as the second decade…

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Added by S-CAR at GMU on March 23, 2015 at 2:10pm — 1 Comment

TransConflict - February 2015 Review

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TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during February, plus selected articles from…
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Added by TransConflict on March 1, 2015 at 5:23am — No Comments

TransConflict - January 2015 Review

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TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during January, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, available by…

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Added by TransConflict on February 2, 2015 at 6:25am — No Comments

Asian Cup Politics: more than just a game

Asian Cup Politics: more than just a game

By James M. Dorsey

Kuwait may have scored the first goal against Australia in the opening match of the Asian Cup but when the match ended 4:1 in favour of the Australian hosts the message was not simply a defeat on the pitch. It highlighted the importance and the impact of Middle Eastern politics on the region’s game.

In a world in which diplomacy has expanded from government-to-government contacts into public and cultural…

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Added by James M Dorsey on January 10, 2015 at 2:31am — No Comments

TransConflict - December 2014 Review

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TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during December, available by visiting:

http://www.transconflict.com/2015/01/december-2014-review/

To read all TransConflict's analysis from throughout the month, please…

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Added by TransConflict on January 5, 2015 at 11:21am — No Comments

Setting benchmark in battle for statehood: Palestine plays in Asian Cup

By James M. Dorsey

Palestine has set a new benchmark for nations like the Kurds and the Kosovars who see soccer as a key part of their toolbox to achieve statehood with its qualification for this month’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup even if the Palestinian road to statehood is increasingly pockmarked by seemingly insurmountable barriers.

When Palestine kicks off its first Asian Cup match against Japan on January 12 in Australia, the…

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Added by James M Dorsey on January 2, 2015 at 11:54am — No Comments

Gulf-Iranian proxy war spills onto the soccer pitch

By James M. Dorsey

A Saudi-led proxy war against Iran playing out in Syria and Iraq has expanded onto the soccer pitch with a last minute decision by the Palestinian national team to cancel a friendly against Iran. The cancellation officially on technical grounds came barely two weeks before Iran meets two of its Gulf nemeses, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, in politically loaded matches during the Asian…

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Added by James M Dorsey on December 27, 2014 at 1:18am — No Comments

Israeli raid on Palestinian soccer club signals dangerous hardening of Israeli-Palestinian battle lines

By James M. Dorsey

A soccer brawl in Israel’s politically most loaded derby and an alleged subsequent raid by the Israeli military on the offices of the Palestinian soccer association reflects a hardening of the Israeli-Palestinian divide as Israel debates legislation that would emphasize the Jewish national rather than the democratic nature of the state – a move that would effectively deprive Israeli Palestinians of their identity as both Israelis and Palestinians as well as of their…

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Added by James M Dorsey on November 26, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

The tenth GCCT newsletter

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TransConflict is pleased to present the tenth edition of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation newsletter, available by…

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Added by TransConflict on November 20, 2014 at 8:04am — No Comments

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