A famous name in the history of sports in Mandate
Palestine; one of the founders of the Arab Sport Club in Jerusalem in 1928 and
its secretary with Fuad Khadra, Nizar Istanbouli, Fawzi Mohiuddin Nashashibi (treasurer), Khaled
Al-Duzdar (head of the sports team). With Khader Kamal, Nusseibeh
was intermittently the head of this club until 1948. The club included
Moslem and Christian members. According to its internal law this club was based on strengthening the bodies of youth. Ibrahim - a member
of the prominent (in politics and culture) Nusseibeh family whose roots in the
holy city date back to the seventh century and who serve as custodians of the
keys to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, his standing in the Palestinian
community helped confer a measure of legitimacy on the committee.
Nusseibeh was graduated from Arab College in 1927 and became a teacher in one of Palestine's elementary schools.
In 1924, the leadership of the Jewish
Maccabi Athletic Organization attempted to gain membership in the International
Amateur Athletic Federation. This initiative ended in failure, as it was
determined that Maccabi did not represent Arab, British and Jewish sportsmen in
Palestine equally. However, this unsuccessful attempt did not discourage
Maccabi leader Josef Yekutieli, who in the early 1925 attempted to gain Maccabi
membership in the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
Yekutieli decided to employ a different tactic this time -- he first
established the Palestine Football Federation. 
According to FIFA rules, only associations representing
states could be accepted as members. Thus, Maccabi officials were compelled to
invite not only their Zionist political adversary, ha-Po’el, but also Arab
teams to join the Palestinian Football Association (PFA). Therefore, in
addition to the fourteen Zionist representatives that participated in the first
meeting of the new soccer-association directorate, one Arab delegate took part—Ibrahim
Nusseibeh, involvement in this first session, Nusseibeh’s name never again
appeared in the directorate’s protocol,  demonstrating the
lack of a sincere desire by the PFA’s members for true integration.
from the gross transgressions by the Zionists in the Palestinian Football
Association and also resulting from the 1929 Revolt, many of the sporting
leaders established the Arab Palestinian Sports Federation PSF or (Palestine
Sport Association PSA) in April 1931, which immediately called for a boycott of
Jewish teams and athletes. One of the achievements of this PSF was the
organization of the tournament of The Trophy of the Youth Conference (Dir’ Mu’tamar
al Shabab). Arab
Sports Club took part in this tournament. Because of the 1936 revolt, the
activities of the PSF were hindered and PSF totally paralyzed at the end of the
thirties. Few of its members joined the Jewish-dominated PFA.
In July 1937, the Sports
Federation formed a committee to set up a joint field day in Jerusalem similar
to the one held in Jaffa in July 1935. The
committee was composed of Mr. Robert Young, a physical sports teacher at the
Rawdat al-Ma’aref, Ibrahim Nusseibeh and Hussein Hosni, secretary.
its re-establishment in September, the Palestinian Sport Federation formed regional
and branch committees (for different sports). Ibrahim Nusseibeh was a member of
the track and field committee which also included Levon Kishishian, George
Tannous and Hussein Hosni. Ibrahim Nusseibeh was also a member of the table
tennis committee which included Isbiro Iqdis, Hazem Nusseibeh, Albert Abila and
Rock Farraj. The federation entrusted Ibrahim, Hazem Nusseibeh and Rock Farraj to write down the statutes of table tennis.
In January 1946, Shabab
al-Arab (The Arab Youth) Stadium was built in Haifa. It was
officially opened with a match sponsored by the Arab Higher Committee between
Shabab al-Arab and the Orthodox Club of Jerusalem. The Palestinian Radio Station
broadcasted this match; Nusseibeh was assigned to cover it.
The paper Filastin reported in November 1947
"The Islamic sports club in Jaffa met with the team of Barada, the
champion of Damascus. The latter was defeated 3:2. The referee was
After the Nakba (catastrophe of 1948)
and the expel of the 750,000 Palestinian from their homes and villages,
Nusseibeh left to Jordan where he became a teacher and a supervisor of physical
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Between Nationalism and Politics”. Israel Studies - Volume 10, Number 2,
Summer 2005, pp. 147-167.
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Nationalism has left the field: A Shortened History of Arab Soccer in Israel.” International
Journal of Middle East Studies – 35, (2003).
 The Arab
Palestinian Youth Congress (Mu’tamar al-Shabab al- ‘Arabi al-Filastini)
was established in Jerusalem in 1931. It was active in youth, scouts, sports
and political activities, and was famous for its nationalistic trends. It had
its first conference in 1932, the second in 1935. See ‘Isaal- Sifri. Filastin
al-‘Arabiyya bayn al-Intidab wal-Sahyuniyya [Arab Palestine between the
Mandate and Zionism] (Jaffa: Maktabat Filastinal-Jadida, 1937), 194–201.
Khalidi, “Sports and Aspirations: Football in Palestine 1900-948,” Jerusalem
Quarterly 58, (2014), 74-89
 Issam Khalidi, Palestine Sports and Scouts: Factional Politics and the
Maccabiad in the 1930s, Jerusalem Quarterly, 2015, issue 63/64, p. 87.
27 November 1947
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