Djibril ar-Radschub

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Djibril ar-Radschub (2007)

Djibril ar-Radschub (* 1953 in Dura near Hebron , Arabic جبريل الرجوب, DMG Ǧibrīl ar-Raǧūb ) is a Palestinian politician. Under Yasser Arafat , the Fatah politician was head of security for the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and was thus head of the Preventive Security Service . In 2003 he became the national security officer. His kunya is Abu Rami.



Jibril ar-Radschub comes from a well-known peasant family and was sentenced to life imprisonment at the age of 15 for throwing a hand grenade at Israeli soldiers. He learned Hebrew so well in prison that he was able to translate Menachem Begin's book The Revolt into Arabic. After 17 years he was released in 1985 under an amnesty. At the beginning of the First Intifada in 1988 he was expelled from Israel to Lebanon and went into exile to Arafat in Tunis . There he prepared the establishment of a Palestinian security service.

With the introduction of autonomy , Jibril ar-Radschub was allowed to return to the West Bank in 1994, where he made himself head of security and built up a police force of 5,000 men in Jericho . His security forces took control of the areas in the West Bank that had been vacated by the Israeli army, while his rival Mohammed Dahlan was responsible in the Gaza Strip . He always positioned himself against the “gang of hypocrites” of the politicians who returned from Tunis with Arafat and preferred to rely on those involved in the Intifada. He was also an advocate of the two-state solution and was therefore on the same line as Sari Nusseibeh , who calls him a: “good friend”. At the beginning of the autonomy there was lively cooperation with the Israeli security services and the CIA , which earned him criticism from the population. From 1996 to 1997 his forces took decisive action against Hamas and ar-Radschub opposed its influence on the autonomous authority. This brought him the charge of arresting anyone who Israel claims to have arrested. His people are no better at this than the Israelis, it said. Human rights organizations accused them of using torture and violating other rights.

During the Second Intifada , Jibril al-Rajub Arafat warned strongly against the use of violence against Israel, especially against civilians. He tried to keep his troops out of the fighting, but lost control of his men in the course of the clashes, which was also due to the fact that Israel launched targeted attacks against its institutions and, on May 20, 2001, also entered ar-Rajub personally by shelling his house Took visor. Thereupon he withdrew from the public. When the Israeli army marched into Hebron in February 2002 and into Ramallah with the siege of the Muqataa in March 2002, he did not let his (now decimated) police deploy to defend. On April 3, his headquarters in Baituniya were attacked and, after mediation by the CIA, he escaped, but about 50 hidden Islamists were captured. Arafat therefore insulted him as a “failure” and “traitor” and released him on July 2, 2002 at gunpoint.

In August 2003, Arafat reshuffled the government under pressure from the USA , ar-Rajub was appointed national security officer, and his rival Muhammad Dahlan became security minister. At that time, his relationship with Hamas changed and he advocated their participation in the Authority as a political party. As a mediator, he preferred the Egyptians to the Jordanians.

In the last parliamentary elections in January 2006, Jibril ar-Rajub ran as a candidate for parliament, but lost to a Hamas candidate who opposed the two-state solution.

As chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee in July 2012, he called the petition to observe a minute's silence for the eleven Israeli athletes who were murdered by Arab-Palestinian terrorists of the PFLP at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich , "racist". In an interview with Lebanese TV broadcaster Al-Mayadeen on April 30, 2013, Rajoub said, "We don't have an atomic bomb, but I swear if we had an atomic bomb we would have used it this morning."

As President of the Palestinian Football Association, he applied for Israel to be excluded from FIFA in 2015 . The association withdrew this request after the intervention of "friendly officials" before the vote. FIFA banned Djibril ar-Radschub for twelve months as president of the Palestinian Football Association and fined him 20,000 Swiss francs for asking fans to burn the shirts of Argentine international Lionel Messi if he were to play a friendly against Israel Accrue Jerusalem. The International Court of Justice for Sports dismissed its appeal against the FIFA decision on July 18, 2019.


A cousin of Jibril ar-Radschub, Musa ar-Radschub, was murdered on April 23, 2003 by the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade as a collaborator . His younger brother Nayif ar-Radschub has been a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council since 2006 .

Djibril ar-Radschub is married and has three children. Since 2006 he has been chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, founded in 1962 .


Individual evidence

  1. Sari Nusseibeh, Anthony David: “Once upon a time there was a land. A life in Palestine ”. Pp. 338 f., 364.
  2. Sari Nusseibeh, Anthony David: “Once upon a time there was a land. A life in Palestine ”. P. 380.
  3. Sari Nusseibeh, Anthony David: “Once upon a time there was a land. A life in Palestine ”. P. 366.
  4. Sari Nusseibeh, Anthony David: “Once upon a time there was a land. A life in Palestine ”. P. 309.
  5. ^ Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment (LAW)
  6. Sari Nusseibeh, Anthony David: “Once upon a time there was a land. A life in Palestine ”. Pp. 415, 418, 422.
  7. Sari Nusseibeh, Anthony David: “Once upon a time there was a land. A life in Palestine ”. P. 460.
  9. Sari Nusseibeh, Anthony David: “Once upon a time there was a land. A life in Palestine ”. P. 503.
  10. by Yori Yanover , Jewish Press, July 26, 2012
  11. . Al-Mayadeen, April 30, 2013
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  14. After attacks on Messi: Fifa locks Palestine's football boss. In: August 24, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2018 .
  15. Objection of the Palestinian football president rejected. In: Israelnetz .de. July 19, 2019, accessed July 23, 2019 .
  17. Palestinians should pray for a soccer victory ( Memento from June 26, 2011 in the Internet Archive )