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Chile’s Palestine Soccer Club Leaves Map on Uniforms despite Fine

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Chile soccer team's new jersey displays all of Israel as Palestine.

Chile soccer team's new jersey displays all of Israel as Palestine.
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Chile’s Palestine Football Club, after being fined for wearing uniforms on which the number one in players’ numbers in the backs of their shirts were represented by a map of Israel as Palestine, unveiled its new uniforms that now show exactly the same thing on the front of the shirt.

Inset into the players’ numbers on the backs of their uniform shirts also are small maps of Israel.

The uniforms, worn Sunday in a match against Universidad de Concepcion, replace the old uniforms

Chile’s top soccer league, the National Association of Professional Football of Chile, or ANFP, unanimously decided last week to fine the team for the old uniforms. The ANFP also ruled that the team, which wore the jerseys in three games this month, must redesign the uniforms to include numerals for player numbers.

The ANFP said it was opposed to “any form of political, religious, sexual, ethnic, social or racial discrimination.”

The decision followed a request by Patrick Kiblisky Fried, the Jewish president of Chile’s Deportivo Nublense SDAP club, which plays in the same league.

The new uniform is shown in a photo at the official Facebook page of the soccer club. In its first hours online, the post of that photo received 327 likes and 73 comments, nearly half of them wanting to buy the new shirt and also the banned one.

“The fact that the Palestinian Soccer Club chose to keep the map of Israel on their shirt, claiming all of it as Palestinian Territory, provides further proof that the ideology of the leaders of the Palestinian community of Chile is very extremist, and it is based on the denial of all connection of the Jewish People with the land of Israel,” Maximiliano Grass, director of the Chile-Israel Council, the Zionist Federation of Chile, told JTA.

“As a matter of fact, even when they cannot use the previous shirt any more, they’ve taken advantage of media coverage to sell more than 7,000 of them around the globe. With this kind of attitude, it is very unlikely that we are able to reestablish constructive dialogue with the local Palestinian community any time soon,” he added.

The club was founded in 1920 by Palestinian immigrants to Chile. The Palestinian community in Chile is believed to be the largest outside of the Middle East when defined by including approximately 300,000 Chileans who claim lineage to those who left Israel.

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8 Responses to “Chile’s Palestine Soccer Club Leaves Map on Uniforms despite Fine”

  1. There never was a country called palestine. Only the land the muslim scum stole from the Jewish people.

  2. They can continue to whine that the land is theirs…but historically, the land proves otherwise! They keep saying “the koran this and the koran that”. However, nowhere in the koran does it say anything about Jerusalem let alone Israel!

  3. Leo Erwin says:

    BOTH ARE ALL WET……

  4. Norma Dosky says:

    mr Leviton. to call anyone scum is sad indeed and raises the muslims above you. norma dosky

  5. Norma Dosky says:

    ms. kornfeld. time will tell who the land belongs to. as Gandhi said: 'truth has a life of its own'!. meanwhile, no one is closer to jews than arabs==they are a semetic people and ultimately the land of Israel/Palestine will be shared and they will prosper as together they will change the middle east into 'the middle east economic union' MEEU!!! how grand and productive they will be and how proud their children will be!!! norma dosky

  6. Garbage that supports terrorism.

  7. Alfonso Caballero says:

    if you don't like it you can go HOME!!

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