[News] Palestinian Clubs to Adidas: Drop Israel Football Association

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  Palestinian Clubs to Adidas: Drop Israel Football Association

20 March 2018

Over 130 *Palestinian football* clubs urged *Adidas *to end its 
sponsorship of the *Israel Football Association *(IFA) over its 
inclusion of teams based in *illegal Israeli settlements* across 
Palestinian land in the West Bank.

In a letter published Tuesday by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions 
(BDS) movement, the Palestinian clubs told Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted 
“Adidas is lending its brand to cover up and whitewash Israel’s human 
rights abuses (giving) international cover to Israel’s illegal settlements.”

Currently there are at least 250 Israeli settlements in the West Bank. 
They are normally accompanied by the expulsion of Palestinians from 
their land, increased restrictions on Palestinians’ right to movement 
due to roadblocks and checkpoints, resource grabbing, increased presence 
of Israeli occupation forces to provide security, and settler-related 

The clubs also warned the sportswear company that the United Nations has 
labeled Israeli Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank and 
East Jerusalem a violation of international law and that its sponsorship 
of the IFA “may expose it to consumer-led boycott campaigns.”

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The letter also warns that Adidas could be eligible for inclusion in the 
U.N. database of complicit companies doing business with Israel’s 
illegal settlements. The database is a major victory for the 
pro-Palestinian Boycott movement.

In 2005 Palestinians launched the BDS campaign, a nonviolent initiative 
to pressure Israel to end its illegal occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, 
and the Golan Heights, to respect the human rights of Palestinians under 
occupation, and to recognize Palestinian refugees’ right to return.

Despite attempts to penalize BDS supporters in Israel, the United States 
and France, the campaign was recently nominated 
for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The letter also notes a previous victory of the BDS campaign, when it 
successfully pressured Adidas to cancel its sponsorship of the 
“Jerusalem marathon, which illegally passed through occupied East 

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel 
has also launched a petition <https://bdsmovement.net/adidas>, “No Fair 
Play on Stolen Land,” calling on Adidas to end its sponsorship of the IFA.

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