Four Seasons Hotel, Manama, Bahrain. 8th May, 2017
1. 00:00 Mid of Asian Football Confederation Congress (AFC) sign.
2. 00:09 Palestine Football Association President Jibril Rajoub talking to AFC attendees.
3. 00:16 SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Jibril Rajoub, Palestine Football Association president:
"The Israeli Palestinian issue is on both the AFC and FIFA agendas. We demand our right in promoting football according to the rules and regulations of FIFA and its confederations across the globe. We want to stop all that is at odds with those rules and regulations, whether it be the limitations that the occupation brings or preventing the Israeli Football Association (IFA) from holding activities in the occupied territories. This is in accordance of UN resolutions. FIFA's committee headed by Tokyo Sexwale has a report and recommendation from us. One of those recommendations is stopping the breaches (done by the IFA). Or resorting to FIFA regulations. The head of the AFC said that it is time to end the suffering of the Palestine Football Association, and the removal of all the limitations holding Palestinian back from taking part in the game. There is a consensus on this matter in the AFC. We're waiting to discuss this topic with FIFA the day after tomorrow. This time we will not accept half attempts at resolving this issue."
4. 01:52 Mid of Rajoub talking to AFC attendees.
5. 02:03 SOUNDBITE: (English) Jibril Rajoub, Palestine Football Association president:
"The Palestinian-Israeli issue has already been raised for the last five years. This is the fifth Congress that we are raising the issue and we are asking to end the suffering of the Palestinian footballers and also asking to stop official sport activities in the occupied territories. We already have this committee and there will be recommendations and this committee checked with the U.N. (United Nations) and they received an official statement that East Jerusalem, Gaza and West Bank are occupied territories and the Israeli's have no right to practice any official sport activities which is also a violation of the statutory of FIFA, a violation of human rights, and we believe and we hope that this time will be the last chance for the Israelis. If they want to continue behaving like the bully of the neighbourhood, they should face sanctions according to the status of FIFA. If the Israelis want to come and they bite, and they recharge their mental batteries, stop violating status of FIFA, UN security council resolutions and so on it's up to them. But, we are optimistic (as) there is almost a consensus in the AFC that they are supporting us and I hope that the other five confederations also will support us. We are asking for our fundamental right to practice, to play football under the umbrella of FIFA according to the status of FIFA."
The head of the Palestinian Football Association told SNTV on Monday (8th May) that he wants Israel to "stop violating status of FIFA" - and withdraw from playing football on the highly-contentious West Bank territory.
The ongoing dispute between Israel and Palestine was once again on the agenda at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Congress.
This was the fifth consecutive year that Palestine had raised the issue with the AFC.
The conflict centres around Israeli clubs playing matches in the West Bank - a disputed territory that has long caused conflict between the two sides.
The president of the Palestine Football Association - Jibril Rajoub - told SNTV on Monday (8th May) that FIFA needs to intervene immediately.
"If they want to continue behaving like the bully of the neighbourhood, they should face sanctions according to the status of FIFA," Rajoub said.
Ragout claims that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has personally telephoned FIFA President Gianni Infantino to urge potential sanctions against Israel to be delayed.
Despite these suggestions, President Rajoub is confident over a forthcoming resolution.
"We are optimistic (as) there is almost a consensus in the AFC that they are supporting us and I hope that the other five confederations also will support us," Rajoub added.