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Tel Aviv Preschoolers Ask President Rivlin, ‘Why Didn’t You Become a Footballer?’

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

There are some things in this world that are hugely important when you are four years old, and no one can tell you different. Even the president of Israel.

President Reuven Rivlin encountered that situation when he visited the Hadas Kindergarten in central Tel Aviv on Sunday morning.

The visit was his first stop in Tel Aviv, preceding his trip to Ichilov Hospital to visit with those injured in Friday’s shooting attack at a café on Dizengoff Street, and their families.

The president sat with the preschoolers and read them the story of ‘Aaron and the Purple Crayon,’ by Crockett Johnson, “supervised” by their teacher, Keren, and educational staff.

But when the story ended, the children had their own questions for the president.

They wanted to know why Rivlin wanted to be President, and what did a President do? Why hadn’t he become a footballer?

Seeing as these were all very good questions, the President gave them very serious answers.

“I’m just not very good at it,” he said when explaining why he gave up football.

“I think it’s better that I am President because that way I have the opportunity to listen to all people in the country.

“I listen to all the citizens and the citizens with difficult jobs. I listen to mayors and ministers, principals and teachers, and I try to help with any problem and to resolve them.

“The President is primarily the mouth of all people, of all the public. When the President expresses his opinion he does so after hearing everyone’s voices. And you children – even if you don’t agree with what your friend says, first of all you need to listen and think – maybe what he is saying makes sense?

“It is important that we listen to everyone with dignity, and maybe we will learn something,” he told them.

Hana Levi Julian

AG Weinstein Overrides Judge’s Decision, Permits Soccer on Shabbat

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

(JNi.media) There will be soccer league games in Israel this Shabbat, despite a ruling by Labor Court Judge Ariela Glitzr Katz to the contrary. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced that the policy of ignoring Shabbat labor laws regarding soccer—practiced for more than 50 years in Israel—will continue. In other words, should the teams violate Israel’s labor laws and play this Shabbat, government inspectors will continue to avoid serving them with summonses.

In an interview on Army Radio, Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan (Bayit Yehude), criticized Attorney General Weinstein’s ruling, that there is no reason not to hold a soccer game on Shabbat. “If Weinstein were to say the same thing about any other topiv, there would have been a great outcry in response.”

On Tuesday, Israel’s Football Association’s management confirmed that it would not play on the day of rest without the authorization of the Ministry of the Economy. Economy Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) was not available to extend the league the needed permit absolving them of the requirement to observe Shabbat.

The hullabaloo began when Israel’s professional players’ union demanded to move all league games to weekdays, arguing they wished to spend the holy day of rest with their families, like the rest of the Jewish people. That reversed a practice that some say dates back to the first word war. Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev (Likud) said on Wednesday that “we need to reach a compromise between the association, the management, the Ministry of Culture and the teams. Fromt the start, I told the leaders of the Association that some in the Knesset wanted to pass such a law, but we couldn’t make it happen. Now they will have no choice but to be flexible.”

Weinstein’s decision only absolves the football teams from the threat of administrative criminal sanctions. Players, individually or in a class action suit, can still seek remedy from the teams or the players’ union in civil court. The defendants would in turn appeal to the Labor Court for an injunction against holding the games on Shabbat. It was precisely such a petition which has been was filed—and removed in the meantime—which began the entire controversy.

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Cardiff Kills Exhibition of Jews, Muslims, Christians Playing Together Because It Was Shot in Israel

Friday, September 4th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Cardiff Council Cancelled the Photo Exhibition “Jewish-Arab football: diversity and coexistence through lower-league football,” planned in celebration of a soccer match between Wales and Israel on Sunday, because the photos had been shot in Israel.

But a spokesperson for Cardiff Council stated that the exhibition had been closed less than 24 hours after it had opened — “following a complaint.”

“The Council is aware there are protests planned around the Wales Israel game at the weekend and this was taken into consideration,” the spokesperson said, adding that while “our libraries are buildings which promote free speech,” nevertheless “it was felt that running this exhibition could lead visitors to suppose that the Council was displaying bias.”

The project, created by photographers Gad Salner and Vadim Tarasov, focuses on lower-league football throughout Israel, emphasizing how Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities come together through the beautiful game.

The exhibition’s alleged “bias” was expressed in its intro: “From forgotten Arab villages in the north to dusty Jewish neighborhoods in the south, we visit places where the seemingly ever-present tension between cultures evaporates, and where diversity is embraced, encouraged and celebrated. The exhibition puts more emphasis on the human, urban and cultural landscapes of our divided and diverse society, and less on the pitch action itself.”

One of the subjects is the Betar Nordia Football Club in Jerusalem, a small, fan-owned club that promotes diversity and sportsmanship, while opposing violence and racism in football. The club’s Jewish participants play alongside their Arab Muslim and Christian colleagues.

The Israeli Embassy in London has condemned the Cardiff council decision as “outrageous,” and a spokesman for the Embassy said: “This is a boycott against peace and coexistence, in line with the destructive and belligerent aims of the movement to delegitimize Israel. Removing an exhibition showing how football promotes friendship between people of different backgrounds in Israel turns a celebration of coexistence into an ugly politics of division.”

Adam Johannes of Stop the War Coalition, one of the groups that organizes a demonstration against the Israeli national team’s participation in the soccer tournament, said, “We welcome Cardiff council’s decision to cancel an exhibition sponsored by the Israeli Embassy that whitewashes the reality of football in the Middle East. Israel wages war on Palestinian football. How can a country be allowed to compete in international matches when it prevents another Fifa member from playing football freely?

Johannes also claimed that the Israeli Football Association had reorganized youth leagues along race lines in the Samaria region, so that nearly all Arab children’s teams were now racially segregated and did not play with Jewish teams.

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No Goal – Rajoub Drops FIFA Sportsfare Attack on Israel

Friday, May 29th, 2015

By early afternoon, Israeli media sources were reporting that a compromise had been reached between Israel, FIFA and the Palestinian Authority, and the PA’s bid to expel Israel from the international football (soccer) league was over.

The attempt to use international sports (sportsfare) to attack Israel was initiated by Palestinian Authority sports chief and convicted terrorist Jibril Rajoub.

Rajoub strongly denied any compromise or agreement had been reached.

But at the last minute before the proposal was to go to vote, Rajoub submitted an amendment that would cancel the bid to suspend Israel.

The initial bid required three-quarters of the 209 votes to suspend Israel, and Rajoub may have cancelled his bid because he saw he wasn’t even close to having that number.

In the end, the FIFA Congress voted 165-18 to pass the amendment that cancelled the attempt to suspend Israel.

Rajoub claims he cancelled it because of the many phone calls he received from other football presidents.

Dozens of football presidents had already stated publicly they would not vote to suspend Israel in the FIFA Congress.

After the amendment passed, Israel’s delegate, Ofer Eini, said that politics and football have no place together and called on Rajoub to cooperate and work together with him.

Jewish Press News Briefs

FIFA Pres. to Bibi: No Reason to Suspend Israel, But That Might Not Help

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

The head of FIFA, Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the European football (soccer) league, Seppp Blatter, told Prime Minister Netanyahu on Tuesday, that he sees no reason that Israel should be suspended from the FIFA as it hasn’t violated any FIFA statutes.

Terrorist leader Jibril Rajoub, who is also president of the Palestinian Authority Football Association has been working hard to get Israel kicked out.

FIFA is actually set to meet on May 29 to debate Rajoub’s motion among its 209 members. It’s needs a three-quarter majority to pass. If it passes, Israel will be banned from international competitions.

Rajoub has rejected an Israeli request for a Peace Game between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Meanwhile, the PA’s partner. Hamas, has hidden underground missile launchers in its soccer fields, and has used them to launch rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. If anyone should be kicked out of FIFA, it is the Palestinian Authority.

In 1970, Rajoub threw a grenade at an IDF bus. He’s been arrested numerous times for other terrorist activities, and was allegedly involved in a plot to assassinate Ariel Sharon in 1992.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Remembering Myra Kraft on Super Bowl Sunday

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

I am a Dallas Cowboys fan still recovering from our playoff defeat at the hands of the Green Bay Packers, or should I say, the instant replay booth.

Still, football is like life—not always fair. And even the lead-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl has lacked fairness, as the media is obsessed with deflated footballs. Fans of the sport are not enjoy-ing the sidebar stories that always accompany the lead-up to the big game.

When the Patriots and the Seahawks took to the field on Sunday, the conversation before, during, and after the game still involves “Deflategate” or “Ballghazi” (pick your media label). What will be missing for the second time in recent New England Patriots’ Super Bowl memory is Myra Kraft sitting with her husband, team owner Robert Kraft. She left us in 2011 after a battle with cancer.

Myra Kraft was a mensch is every sense of the word. It’s a sad disservice to her memory that the ebullience of viewers across the globe—not just Patriots and football fans—will be dampened because of a victimless and irresolvable non-scandal.

Stories about the Kraft family, especially Myra and her global philanthropic impact, would have made for informative and inspiring television.

With the Super Bowl having taken place during the same week as the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, it was beshert for Myra’s team to be playing in front of the world.

The granddaughter of Lithuanian Jews who perished in the Holocaust, her life serves as a re-minder that Hitler failed in his bid to exterminate the Jews. A mother of four and grandparent to eight, she and Robert Kraft have already contributed greatly to the survival of the Jewish people. But it’s their contribution to humanity that should inspire us to honor Myra’s memory as the world is watching her team play in the world’s greatest sports spectacle.

I’m sure Robert will tell you that making his wife president and director of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation was a no-brainer. She was all about community and volunteerism. When he bought the team in 1994, she feared it would interfere with their charitable giving. He allayed her fears by explaining, “We will do more for the community if we run this franchise correctly.”

A year later, she began serving a seven-year stunt as the first woman chairperson of the Boys & Girls Club of Boston. Myra’s name was synonymous with charity in the Boston community. She served on the board of the American Repertory Theatre, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Brandeis University, from where she graduated in 1964.

Robert and Myra have donated more than $100 million to charity. But their most important con-tribution will ultimately be to the Jewish people and Israel.

Understanding that “the next generation deserves a strong connection to Israel,” the Kraft family established The Myra and Robert Kraft Passport to Israel program.

Described as “a unique savings plan to help parents send their children on a life-changing teen Israel experience, the program is designed so that the community, the synagogue and CJP (Bos-ton-based Combined Jewish Philanthropies) help families make a trip to Israel during the high school years a reality.”

Robert and Myra also support American football in Israel—and yes, there was a big party planned for football fans in the Jewish state. It’s a safe bet to say that the overwhelming number of American football fans in Israel cheered on the Patriots, since the Kraft family is responsible for the sport’s growing popularity there.

In 2005, the Kraft Family Israel Football League was established under the umbrella of the American Football in Israel non-profit organization. Beginning in 2000, and with a renovation in 2005, the Kraft Family Stadium became the only football arena in Israel.

JNS News Service

Muslim Player’s Prayerful Gesture of Thanks Punished by NFL

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Capricious discrimination can be found even on an American football field these days, apparently.

A Muslim football player was penalized Monday night for offering a quick prayerful gesture of thanks after scoring a touchdown for his team in Kansas City.

NFL defensive back Husain Abdullah, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, had intercepted a pass thrown by Tom Brady of New England, and returned it to the end zone for a touchdown, bringing his team to victory.

Right after scoring, Abdullah kneeled briefly and touched his head to the turf in a manner that imitated Muslim worship.

Referees who were officiating at the game punished the player with a 15-yard penalty for the move, calling it “unsportsmanlike conduct.”

Rachel Levy

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