Jibril Rajoub, head of the head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs as well as the president of the Palestinian Football Association and the Palestinian Olympic Committee, has seized on another incident as an excuse to use sports to castigate Israel.
Earlier this week, a 17-year old youth named Mohammed Abu Hashhash was killed while he was throwing stones at Israeli forces during a raid in a camp near Hebron.
One of the photos that popped up of Hashhash showed him with a sports trophy.
Naturally, Rajoub seized on that to say that he wants an 'international investigation" into the incident and claims that Hashhash was targeted because of his sports activities.
"The crime of the killing of player Abu Hashhash is added to a series of racist crimes that the Israeli occupation army commits continuously to destroy the Palestinian sports, in violation of the laws and charters of the world of sports," Rajoub declared, adding "The Israeli army liquidation of the player on his way back to his home is a crime that international sports institutions cannot tolerate and overlook. They must be move quickly in order to protect the sports in Palestine from the oppression of the Israeli army."
A glance at Hashhash's Facebook page does not show a single photo of him playing sports, or indeed any interest in sports whatsoever - unlike a large number of Palestinian youths on Facebook, he was not following any sports teams.
But he did use this as his profile photo a few months ago:
Hashhash was definitely a fan, but the object of his affections had nothing to do with sports.
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