The FIFA Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine, under the chairmanship of South African Tokyo Sexwale and comprising representatives from the Israel Football Association (IFA) and the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) led by their respective presidents Ofer Eini and Jibril Rajoub, held its first meeting in the Middle East, in Tel Aviv on Friday.
According to FIFA’s statement, the committee, which held its first meeting in Zurich on August 26, decided on Friday to “develop sustainable and practical mechanisms together with a proper timetable to better deal with permit applications and avoid security-related delays with regard to the free movement of Palestinian people and goods connected with football.”
FIFA also announced that “the issue of the territories and the question of the five clubs that are affiliated to the Israel Football Association will be tackled at the next meeting of the committee, which will be held in Ramallah no later than 30 November.”
The FIFA Monitoring Committee was set up following mediation work by FIFA President Sepp Blatter and subsequent approval by the 65th FIFA Congress.
“We will continue to work closely together in the best interests of football. At the end of the process, I hope that we can find long-lasting solutions for all the issues and challenges,” said Ofer Eini.