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Asian Soccer Tournament Is Field Of Dreams For Palestine's Players - Yahoo News

Rajoubhas had a long career fighting for Palestine. Israel gave him a life sentence at age 17 for throwing a grenade at Israeli troops. He was released 15 years later in a 1985 prisoner swap, became a leader in the first intifada, and went on to serve as West Bank security chief under the late Yasser Arafat and then national security adviser. His 2008 election as PFA chief was a departure of sorts. But hes used it to build what he describes as a model for other Palestinian institutions, gaining international support based not on sympathy, but success. He overhauled the association, roughly doubling the number of players registered to more than 13,000; trained 600 referees, coaches, and administrators; and builtshinynew stadiums acrossthe West Bank and his owngleaming headquarters.A framed photo showsSeppBlatter, the president of FIFA , soccer's international governing body, accepting a Palestinian VIP passport with a huge smile. Many describe the team as the Palestinian nations most muscular ambassadors, providing a welcome break from the image of Palestinians as heartless militants. We have a love, we have a heart, we are not a moved here hateful people, says Husam al-Husseini of the PFAs international affairs department.
Full story: http://news.yahoo.com/asian-soccer-tournament-field-dreams-palestines-players-120004262.html

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