Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Football Killing Fields

Killing ok according to FIFA
But it's still wrong when Israel defends herself

The Federation International of Football Associations (FIFA), a world sports body that is suppose to remain non-political is currently deciding what actions to take against Israel, after the Jewish state launched an air strike on an empty soccer field in the Gaza Strip that was used for training exercises by Islamic Jihad and the al-Aqsa martyrs brigade. During the strike nobody was injured. Shamefully, FIFA has remained silent over a recent Palestinian rocket attack on an Israeli soccer field last week which did cause injuries. Another example of conveniently blaming Israel, but turning a blind eye to attacks against Jews.

FIFA history does include ignoring the torture and murder of people by Islamic extremist governments and the Hussein family. The the Taliban used UN-funded soccer fields to slaughter and flog hundreds of innocent people who had supposedly violated Sharia law in front of crowds of thousands chanting "God is great". (Afghan soccer coach Habib Ullahniazi said that as many as 30 people were executed in the middle of the field during the intermissions of a single soccer match at Kabul's Ghazi Stadium.)

When Saddam Hussein's son Uday had Iraqi soccer players tortured in 1997 after they failed to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup Finals in France, FIFA remained silent. Uday, who was chairman of the Iraqi soccer association, had star players tortured again in 1998. And in 2000, following a quarterfinal defeat in the Asia Cup, three Iraqi players were whipped and beaten for three days by Uday's bodyguards. The torture took place at the Iraqi Olympic Committee headquarters, but FIFA said nothing.

The examples of FIFA ignoring treachery committed is endless. I highly reccommend reading a commentary in today's Jewish World Review that highlights the sad history of FIFA and it's disgraceful decision to only condemn Israel, whose actions didn't even harm a single person.


Put down the bagel

The Jewish observance of Passover (Pesach) is upon us. Passover commemorates the Exodus and freedom of the Israelites from ancient Egypt. This occasion marks the "birth" of the Jewish nation, as the Jews were freed from being slaves of Pharaoh and allowed to become servants of God instead. Non-Jews know Passover as the time their Jewish friends are eating big crackers and saying no to pizza because we are not eating bread. The large saltine looking food is called Matzo, which is a flat unleavened bread, made of flour and water, that the Hebrews ate when they had to leave Egypt quickly and didn't have time to let the dough rise.

Gentiles should also know that Passover plays a role in their history. What Christians refer to as the last supper, is supposed to be a Passover Seder. However, depending on your beliefs the famous Da Vinci portrait does contain items that Jews of the time would not have during a Seder.

Happy Passover "Next Year in Jerusalem"

Paulie

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