Bulletins from Middle East Network


Apr 22, 2017



What does Israel’s West Bank settlement policy have to do with international soccer?


Dr. James M. Dorsey, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and the co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, is the leading world expert on this subject. He is the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, a book that among other things explores the topic of this episode's discussion. Dorsey closely follows the way in which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict plays out on the soccer field, in FIFA, the international soccer association.


FIFA is expected to take up the issue of Israel's establishing soccer clubs in West Bank settlements in the upcoming meeting of its governing bodies in Manama, Bahrain, on May 9th 2017.


Dr. Dorsey joined us by Skype from his home in Singapore. Apologies for the subpar audio quality.



James M. Dorsey




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