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Jul 27, 2015

Power shifts fuel talk of change in Palestinian politics

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Rumblings in Ramallah in recent weeks have raised expectations that Palestinian politics is in play, with 80-year-old President Mahmoud Abbas, in power for more than a decade, facing a mounting challenge to his leadership.

There is frequent speculation that Abbas, who was elected to a four-year term in 2005 and has not had to face a vote since then, is about to step down. He has confounded those predictions in the past and may well do so again.

May 22, 2015

Israel briefly detains traveling Palestine player

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – The Palestine Football Association (PFA) has complained to world soccer’s governing body FIFA that Israeli authorities held up a national team player as the squad traveled from the West Bank to Tunisia on Thursday.

The PFA said player Sameh Maraabah was temporarily detained by Israeli authorities at Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan late on Thursday.

May 22, 2015

Soccer-Israel briefly detains travelling Palestine player

RAMALLAH, West Bank, May 22 (Reuters) – The Palestine Football Association (PFA) has complained to world soccer governing body FIFA that Israeli authorities held up a national team player as the squad travelled from the West Bank to Tunisia on Thursday.

The PFA said player Sameh Maraabah was temporarily detained by Israeli authorities at Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan late on Thursday.

May 7, 2015

Palestinian football chief firm on Israel’s FIFA suspension

RAM, West Bank (Reuters) – The head of the Palestinian Football Association reinforced his call for Israel to be suspended from FIFA on Thursday, saying the Israeli Football Association was part of an “apartheid, racist government” that was damaging Palestinian soccer.

The PFA accuses Israel of obstructing its activities and restricting the movement of players between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. It wants a vote on Israel’s suspension from FIFA at a congress on May 29.

May 7, 2015

Soccer-Palestinian football chief firm on Israel’s FIFA suspension

RAM, West Bank, May 7 (Reuters) – The head of the Palestinian Football Association reinforced his call for Israel to be suspended from FIFA on Thursday, saying the Israeli Football Association was part of an “apartheid, racist government” that was damaging Palestinian soccer.

The PFA accuses Israel of obstructing its activities and restricting the movement of players between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. It wants a vote on Israel’s suspension from FIFA at a congress on May 29.

Apr 22, 2015

Israel must drop restrictions to avoid ban vote – Palestinian FA

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter will travel to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders next month to try to avert a vote to suspend Israel from world football’s governing body, Palestinian FA (PFA) chief Jibril Rajoub said on Wednesday.

Rajoub said he hoped Blatter would be able to persuade Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lift all restrictions against Palestinian athletes and to treat the PFA as equals.

Apr 22, 2015

Soccer-Israel must drop restrictions to avoid ban vote-Palestinian FA

RAMALLAH, West Bank, April 22 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter will travel to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders next month to try to avert a vote to suspend Israel from world soccer’s governing body, Palestinian FA (PFA) chief Jibril Rajoub said on Wednesday.

Rajoub said he hoped Blatter would be able to persuade Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lift all restrictions against Palestinian athletes and to treat the PFA as equals.

Apr 1, 2015

Palestinians to receive partial salaries as Israel withholds funds

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – The Palestinian Authority will pay partial salaries to most of its employees for a fourth straight month in April after Israel failed to transfer revenue it collects on the Palestinians’ behalf, the Palestinian Finance Ministry said.

Israel started withholding around $130 million (88 million pounds) a month in tax and customs revenues in December after the Palestinians announced that they were joining the International Criminal Court, a move finalised on Wednesday.

Mar 31, 2015

Palestinians to ask FIFA to suspend Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – The Palestinian Football Association will ask the FIFA Congress in May to suspend Israel, accusing it of continuing to hamper its football activities.

Despite efforts by FIFA president Sepp Blatter to ease tensions, the Palestinians remain frustrated at restrictions they say Israel imposes on the movement of their athletes between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Mar 31, 2015

Soccer-Palestinians to ask FIFA to suspend Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 31 (Reuters) – The Palestinian Football Association will ask the FIFA Congress in May to suspend Israel, accusing it of continuing to hamper its soccer activities.

Despite efforts by FIFA president Sepp Blatter to ease tensions, the Palestinians remain frustrated at restrictions they say Israel imposes on the movement of their athletes between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.