Originally published in Emancipation & Liberation Issue 10, Summer 2005.

  1. Israelis have the right to play on both sides of the court, whereas Palestinians can only play on their own side.
  2. For security reasons, Palestinians do not have the right to pass the ball between players, the ball could hit an Israeli player.
  3. There will be no basket on the Israeli side.
  4. Israel is allowed to shoot at any time, even during time-outs.
  5. Palestinians are not allowed to have supporters. Only Israelis should be supported.
  6. Israel selects the press and what the press reports.
  7. Israel encourages Palestinians to shoot into the Palestinian basket. Players who refuse will be nominated as terrorists and will not be allowed to play.
  8. Palestinian players are allowed to leave the field but can not return. One exception: A Palestinian can be replaced by an Israeli.
  9. Israel selects and instructs the referees, and tells them to look away.
  10. Israel selects the captain of the Palestinian team.
  11. Israeli faults and Palestinian good plays will not be shown on TV.
  12. Israel takes the money sponsors pay to Palestinians.
  13. Only Israeli players get refreshments.
  14. Palestinians are required to play, when and where designated by Israel.
  15. Rules only apply to Palestinians. Israelis may change the rules during the game and are not required to advice the Palestinians of the changes.

Written by Dror Feiler, an ex-Israeli para from kibbutz Yad Hanna, now living in Sweden. He is a member of European Jews for a Just Peace. Published in New Interventions, Volume 12, no.1, Spring 2005.

1 Comment

  • If the original post weren’t so biased and murderous, its “rules” might be funny.

    Since they defend Muhammad’s model of mayhem, maiming, and mass-murder, a little reality is in order . . .

    If the games were to reflect the Real World, the Muslim team would gun down the Israeli team before half-time, and the referee would call a foul on Israel.

    And the crowd would cheer, just like you do.

    In the next game, the new Israeli team would take the court wearing bullet-proof armor. There’d be a metal detector at the door, Muslim weapons would be confiscated, and the referee would call a foul on Israel.

    And the crowd would jeer, just like you do.

    In their third game, the Muslim team’s mascot would self-detonate in the stands on the Israeli side, killing hundreds. The referee would call the game for the Muslims.

    And the crowd would fleer, just like you do.

    And when the Israelis finally come to their senses and ban Muslims from playing on their court, you and the rest of your anti-Semitic, terrorist-enabling friends would have them expelled from international competition, pass a UN resolution denouncing Israel’s “intolerance,” and B. Hussein would hold a press conference on the “unprecedented opportunity” to force Israel to give up basketball. And the land on which their court sits.

    You can’t have “emancipation and liberation” obfuscating for Allah’s malevolence. If anyone does read your ‘blog and isn’t instantly revulsed by your nescient moral inversion, then you’ve aided Allah’s cause.