Written by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Jibril Rajoub, Member of Fatah Central Committee, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association and head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, said this week that all of Israel is "occupied" Palestine. In response to a question during an interview on an Arabic sports channel if Barcelona's football team would be visiting the "occupied lands," Rajoub responded:
"They are coming to the occupied lands. All of Palestine - from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea - it's all occupied."
The area mentioned by Rajoub includes all of Israel.
Rajoub subsequently posted the interview on his Facebook page.
Click to view Palestinian Media Watch's report on more statements by Rajoub inciting against Israel.
The following is the transcript of the interview with Jibril Rajoub:
TV host: "Mr. Jibril, does the visit of Barcelona's [football] team include a visit to the occupied lands?"
Rajoub: "They are coming to the occupied lands. All of Palestine - from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea (i.e., all of Israel) - it's all occupied."
TV host: "I mean the Israeli occupied lands."
Rajoub: "You mean [occupied in] 1948 (i.e., Israel's establishment)?"
TV host: "Yes."
Rajoub: "On August 3  they are coming to us. Where they go after that - I'm not responsible for them... There was a stupid Israeli attempt to do something (a sports activity) together. Of course, they try to use Barcelona as a fig leaf to hide their crimes against the Palestinian sports. "
[Al-Kass Sports Channel (Qatar), June 2, 2013]
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