In anticipation of the Muslim players’ arrival, some fans unfurled a banner at the team’s Jan. 26 game saying “Beitar Pure Forever.” Some critics said the banner was reminiscent of Nazi Germany’s expulsion of Jews from sport, and it led to nationwide soul-searching.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Racist Arson in Israel, Over Soccer Move
Amazing story out of Jerusalam. The Likud party's famous soccer team--the last in the country to add an Arab player and long accused of racism (the same for its fans)--has seen its office, with all its memorabilia and more, destroyed by arson today. The apparent reason? It had the nerve to recently add two Muslim players, and one of them was about to set foot on the field for the first time. Netanayahu condemns but has contributed to rightwing activism himself.