Abdullah al Andalusi – Should we ban Israel from international football – vs Zionist UK MP Paul Scully

Abdullah al Andalusi
AI: Summary © During a news show, the hosts discuss whether or not Israel will be banned from playing football, and whether or not the Israeli football Association will be banned from international football. They also discuss the upcoming soccer match between Israeli and Russia, and the potential consequences of the ban on the football industry. The hosts express their support for the ban on the football industry and encourage viewers to stay on the show.
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This is Patrick Christie tonight on GB News.

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Coming up, has multiculturalism

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failed in Britain? Suella's got a thing or

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two to say about that. But first, should

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Israel

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be booted out of world football? It is

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time for tonight's head to head.

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So remarkably,

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FIFA are holding an urgent meeting in July,

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copy that urgent number, anyway, to decide if

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Israel should be banned from competing in world

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football

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over his continued military response to the October

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7th Hamas terrorist attacks. FIFA president, Gianni Infantino,

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confirmed a legal assessment would be held after

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Palestinian Football Association,

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backed by the FAs

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of Algeria,

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Iraq, Jordan, Syria, and Yemen,

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submitted the proposal and demanded the governing body

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stand on the right side of history, as

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they say. Palestine's FA president, Gibril Rajub, also

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indirectly referenced Russia's ban from the sport last

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year after it invaded Ukraine. He said, how

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much more must the Palestine football family suffer

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for FIFA to act

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with the same severity and urgency as it

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did in other cases? Does FIFA consider some

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wars to be more important than others and

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some victims to be more significant?

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But Shino Moshe Zawares, who is the president

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of the Israeli FA, responded saying, look. Hey.

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We are facing a cynical, political, and hostile

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attempt by the Palestinian Association to harm Israeli

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football. So, look. Should Israel be booted out

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of world football at the behest of Palestine

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and a few other nations? Now going head

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to head on

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this are the former Tory minister, Paul Scully,

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and the cofounder of the Muslim debate initiative,

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Abdullah

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al Andalusi. Look, Chaps, thank you very much.

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Great to have you both on the show.

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Avraham was a slightly late addition there, so,

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so sorry to have kept you waiting. But,

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Abdullah, I'll start with you on this. Should

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Israel be essentially banned from playing international football

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today?

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Well, if we go by the policy,

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opined by members of the British government, since

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2022,

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which said that Russia, should be banned,

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from, football tournaments and and sport tech sporting

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activities, and, of course, it's now it's also

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banned from Eurovision,

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then we should be consistent with the principles.

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If Russia is is, banned for its aggressive

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acts against,

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Ukraine,

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then, Israel

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should be banned likewise with aggressive and apartheid

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acts against, the Palestinians just like South Africa,

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under its apartheid regime was universally banned from

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a number of sports,

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sporting federations,

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to make the point that sports should be

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based on principles of of, humanitarianism,

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and these these states do not reflect that.

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Alright. Paul, go on then. You're obvious.

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No. I don't think they should at all.

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I think there's a big difference between Russia

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and Israel in this. Russia were the absolute

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aggressors that invaded Ukraine.

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Nothing to do with any prior attacks as

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we've seen in

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Hamas,

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on October 7th going into Israel.

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I totally agree with what Abraham was saying

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that, actually,

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football has to bring people together. We need

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to use sport to bring together people together

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rather than using this as an extension

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of that PR war that's going on around

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the world. Let's make sure that we can

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bring 2 countries together in terms of a

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ceasefire

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and bring an end to the hostilities,

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but not through sport.

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Okay.

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Yeah. I don't know. I mean, come back

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to that. I mean, is there is there

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any is there any is there any push,

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you know, at all to, you know, ban

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Ukraine from sports? Well, no. Because the argument,

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I suppose, will be that Ukraine is defending

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itself. And, you know, I mean, Israel is

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responding to the October 7 of the tax.

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No?

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Well, firstly,

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if we just look at the history, Israel

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actually was been also been initiating attacks against

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Palestine Palestinians

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throughout 2023

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before October 7th.

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There was a bombing raids in in Gaza

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that destroyed over 400 buildings.

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There was 234,

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Palestinians killed by Israel, 1,000 injured in the

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West Bank. Not not just not even just

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Gaza, but in the West Bank where there

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is no,

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Hamas as a as a as a formal

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entity.

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We we see, that in in the great

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march of return where,

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unarmed Gazans were making a demonstration to go

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back to the the land of their ancestors

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located in in where it's located in modern

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days where they will but that,

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over 200 of them were shot despite the

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fact that they had no weapons on them.

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Okay. Simply because they they were doing peace

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with Can can I ask him to the

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are you a big football fan? It's sorry?

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Are are you a big football fan, Abdullah?

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I I find the World Cup and the

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the Euros quite, interesting.

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So that's kind of my point. It's you're

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not you're not actually bothered whether Israel play

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football, are you? I'm

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I'm bothered about consistency. If you're gonna hold

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Russia to to a standard, and Russia argues

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it was defending,

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Russian ethnic Russians in Ukraine that were being

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persecuted by, fascist Ukrainians.

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And Russia claims that Ukraine is the heartland

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of of the of the Russian of Russian

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history,

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like the Zionist, like like the claim Palestine

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is. So there's a lot of parallels between

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these two aggressive states. I'll give it over

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I'll give I'll give it over to Paul.

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I I I wonder I wonder whether or

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not, you know, everyone who wants to see

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Israel banned from Eurovision or banned from football

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competitions actually is an avid watcher of either

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Eurovision or football.

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Yeah. Look what happened in, in the Eurovision,

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actually, because when the public had their vote

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you know, obviously, the joys were did their

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thing, and a little

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protesters did their thing in your revision of

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Malmo. But, actually, when it came to the

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public vote, you had the silent,

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majority coming up there, and, supporting Israel's right

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to be heard,

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in that in that wider context. I mean,

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nobody wants to see Palestinian citizens. Clearly, they

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don't. It's horrible what's going on. But you

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can't just take selective history of dealers that

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taken there about, you know, listening to some

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of those 3 hour,

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speech in computing, the fact that it's the

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heartland of Russia. That's absolute rubbish. Russia are

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allowed Russian

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are gonna be allowed to compete in the

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Olympics,

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under a different flag.

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We need the less fortunate.

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Let's not play out what's going on in

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the Middle East. It needs wider

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PR

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Alright,

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guys. Look look, both of you. Thank you.

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I I am sorry that we were squeezed.

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Like I said, we were we weren't expecting

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our run rate there at the top. I

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would like to have you both back on

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April. But we did support we did support

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bans on on sports for for Apartheid sub

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Africa

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to process against the Apartheid regime.

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And in in the West Bank, Palestinians

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do not have the same rights as their

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Jewish neighbors.

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Right? That's how they treat the Palestinian West

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Bank. A, put a pin in it for

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now, but thank you very much, both of

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you. Nonetheless, much appreciated. We'll be both on

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very soon. Now right. Coming up.

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