PA official calls soccer match with Israel ‘crime against humanity’

Former president Shimon Peres at the kick-off event of a Jewish-Arab coexistence soccer program at Kibbutz Dorot on September 1, 2014

A top Palestinian official condemned a recent soccer match between Israeli and Palestinian youths on a southern kibbutz, equating the coexistence event with “a crime against humanity.”

Jibril Rajoub, the deputy secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and the head of the Palestinian Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, said the match represented “an Israeli attempt to cover up their crimes against [Palestinian] athletes,” according to a Palestinian Media Watch report released Monday.

“Any activity of normalization in sports with the Zionist enemy is a crime against humanity,” Rajoub said in the September 6 Facebook post.

The match, the first of a planned series,was hosted by the Peres Center for Peace on September 1 as an effort to build bridges between Israeli and Palestinian youths after a fraught summer of war with Gaza and West Bank tensions…