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FIFA urged to ban Israeli clubs in West Bank

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>> Stop letting Israel play football on stolen land. That's the message from Human Rights Watch, they're urging FIFA to move six Israeli football clubs located in the occupied west bank. The clubs are small, but when it comes to the Israeli, Palestinian conflict, sport appears to be widening political divisions rather than bridging them, says Roytish Orly Louis in Jerusalem.
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>> It's very difficult to tell whether this will have a great impact on the Israeli, Palestinian issue, but certainly it's a situation where the Palestinians have managed to find a soft underbelly on the Israeli side and they will try to make full use of it. So it's just another stepping stone for them, getting closer to statehood probably.
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>> As far as human rights watch is concerned, there are two options. Move the teams inside Israel or ban them from FIFA recognized competitions altogether.>> Well, there was a danger in the past that Israel might get banned from FIFA, but it was resolved somehow with the behind the scenes politicking.
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What will happen here, it's still unknown. It's still very difficult to tell. But I think it's just another issue in a myriad of issues between Israelis and Palestinians that we'll need to find a resolution in some sort of compromise.>> EU Parliament legislators have asked FIFA to discuss the issue at a council meeting in Zurich next month.
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The Palestinian Football Association says the clubs need to leave. Their Israeli counterparts say FIFA shouldn't be involved, and that politics and football don't mix. Until some sort of agreement is made, both sides have the goalposts well in sight.