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British Soccer Team Apologizes for Nazi-Style Picture

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Britain’s Manchester United soccer club, which has a large Jewish following, has sent an e-mail apology to its fans for an “unintended” offense from a graphic of a Swastika-style image under the headline “New Order,” a phrase identified with Hitler.

The graphic included the letters MUFC, Manchester United Football Club.

The club claimed that the term “New Order” related to the club’s band that has the same name, but it could not explain why the design of the graphic was in the form of a swastika.

“While the headline was intended to reference the band of the same name, it has been pointed out that the graphic had design similarities to a swastika which, combined with other connotations of the phrase ‘new order’, has caused offense which was entirely unintended,” according to a statement from Manchester United.

Manchester United’s media director David Sternberg tweeted to angry supporters, “The creative is completely inappropriate; we apologize unreservedly and are taking appropriate internal action.”

Anti-Semitism is not new in British soccer. The Tottenham soccer team, largely backed by Jewish money, has a relatively large Jewish following and has been a favorite target of anti-Semites, complete with Nazi salutes by opposing team fans, who also like to make hissing noises to sound like the gas chambers.

The term “yid” has been used so much that Tottenham’s own Jewish following began using the term as badge of honor, sparking a debate over a proposal that anyone should be arrested for shouting the word “Yid” from the stands.

The intellectual level of the anti-Semitic hobby of British soccer fans can be measured by last year’s statement by Brian Laws, the manager of the Scunthorpe United club, who described his team’s loss on the field “as bad as the Holocaust.”

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has denounced the anti-Semitism, saying that it “has no place in football or society in general.” It added, “For football fans to use Holocaust imagery and chants glorifying Adolf Hitler is grossly offensive to the Jewish community and is a stain upon the character of British football.”

The Board also has condemned the use of the word “Yid,” whether by Jewish or non-Jewish Tottenham fans.

Temple Mount Reopened to Jews and Arab Soccer Game Halted (+ Video)

Monday, October 21st, 2013

After the Temple Mount was closed to Jews for almost a week, the Israeli police permitted Jewish access to the holy site on Sunday.

The police closed the site after a group of Jews had the audacity to pray ‘Shema Yisrael’ out loud and then pulled out an Israeli flag.

Dozens of Jews went up to the Temple Mount on Sunday.

In what is an unusual response, after the Jewish visitors complained to the police about the Arabs playing soccer on the Temple Mount, which is both illegal and disrespectful, the police actually confiscated the ball, and stopped the game. At best, the Arabs simply ignore the police, and at worst, the the police simply let the soccer games continue unabated, despite the court order forbidding this disrespect on the Judaism’s holiest site.

Source: The Temple Mount Blog

Beitar Jerusalem Announces Shabbat Ban on Soccer Games

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

The Beitar Jerusalem soccer team announced that it will stop playing on Shabbat in order to allow its religious and traditional fans to attend team home games.

Home games will be held on Saturday nights or weekdays, according to the announcement by the team’s new owner Eli Tabib.

Beitar Jerusalem made headlines earlier this year when the signing of two Chechen Muslims, leading to fan protests and the torching of the team’s trophy room. Fans also attacked several Arabs at Jerusalem’s Malha Mall earlier this year.

Israel Gives up ‘HaTikvah’ Anthem for the Sake of Peres’ Peace

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Israel set itself up for humiliation last week by staging a visit of the Barcelona soccer team at Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield stadium without the playing of the HaTikvah national anthem.

The visit was headlined around the world as another effort by the Peres Peace Center to try to convince itself that the Palestinian Authority really wants co-existence with Israel. The soccer team also played in Bethlehem, where the Palestinian Authority anthem was sung, according to the Hebrew-language Yediot Acharonot  newspaper.

Obviously, the Israeli anthem would be sung in Tel Aviv, Israel’s capital according to the entire world outside of Israel, but it was not so obvious to the office of President Shimon Peres and the Foreign  Ministry.

Before the game in Tel Aviv, a meeting was held at the stadium, where representatives from other governments said that if the Israeli anthem were to played, then the same honor would have to be extended to the Palestinian Authority , Spain and an autonomous community of Spain, with the official status of a nationality.

“After discussions with the production team and the Foreign Ministry it was said that said it would be unpleasant,” senior officials from the office of President Peres reasoned. After all, playing four anthems would drag things out a bit, so they got by with playing only the Catalan anthem.

But why didn’t the same reasoning apply when the Barcelona team played in Bethlehem?

No one really had an answer for that, but it can be assumed that the Palestinian Authority would have threatened to cancel the soccer team’s visit if anyone had dared even mentioning the word HaTikvah.

Israel, of course, is always ready to make peace, and who needs a Zionist anthem anyway? That would only contradict  chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s terms for peace.

So even though organizers had agreed for it to be sung in Tel Aviv and even though singer David D’or was to sing HaTikvah, the announcement arrived that that it was cancelled.

Education Minister Shai Piron, of the Yesh Atid party, was not so condescending and announced that his ministry would not pay its share of 1 million shekels to finance the visit.

“If there is someone whose feelings are hurt hearing the Israeli national anthem, then they shouldn’t come at all,” ministry officials told the newspaper. “It is first-class chutzpah to come to the heart of Tel Aviv and then ask us not to play our anthem. And it is even a greater audacity by the organizers and the people of the Peres Center that they lowered their heads and agreed to it. It’s a scandal that would not have  passed quietly in  any civilized country. “

Egyptian Agreed to Play in Israel for Swiss Soccer Squad

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

An Egyptian player for a Swiss soccer team agreed to travel to Israel for a qualifying match after first refusing for political reasons.

Mohamed Salah joined the Football Club Basel for its UEFA Champions League qualifying game against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday evening. Salah, 21, reportedly changed his mind after meeting with team officials. He has been under pressure from his fellow countrymen to boycott the match.

“I will fly to Israel,” he said in a statement. “Football is more important than politics and it is my job.

“In my thoughts I am going to play in Palestine and not Israel, and I am also going to score and win there. The Zionist flag won’t be shown in the Champions League.”

In the first match between the two teams, which Basel won 1-0, Salah avoided shaking hands with members of the Israeli team, which includes Israeli-Arabs.

Soccer Fans Follow Barcelona Team from Hotel to Western Wall

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Dozens of soccer fans booked rooms Sunday night in Jerusalem’s Inbal Hotel, where the FC Barcelona team was staying, to meet the players and then follow them to the Western Wall Monday morning as the team wrapped up their tour of Israel.

The fans cheered them at the hotel desk and asked for autographs while others waited outside for the team, which spent the night and ate three meals, tailor made for athletes’ specific dietary requirements, at the five-star hotel.

More than 100 rooms were set aside for the players, coaches, staff and families, who stayed on separate floors.

Bruno De Schuyter, general manager at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel, said, “We are very proud for the opportunity to host the best football team in the world and being able to give them a five-star deluxe level of service. We were glad to have given them the variety of services requested, including healthy, balanced meals, and a full access to the gym and spa facilities of the hotel, that have been used by team management and crew members.”

Inbal , which overlooks the Old City Walls, said that the club and Comtec, the company producing the visit, picked the hotel out of all of the five-star hotels in Jerusalem due to its ability to meet the strict requirements and its level of service.

FIFA’s Stony Silence on Soccer Field Launchers (Video)

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

The international FIFA soccer association totally ignored a government presentation Tuesday of Hamas’ using soccer fields to camouflage underground missile launchers and instead delivered a threat that Israel faces expulsion from FIFA if it does not allow free travel to Palestinian Authority soccer players.

Hamas bragged last year about its missiles hidden underneath a Gaza soccer field during Israel’s Pillar of Defense offensive to stop missile attacks that  reached as far north as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hosted FIFA president Joseph Blatter on Tuesday after the soccer official attended the opening of the new offices of the Palestine Football Association in Ramallah.

If Netanyahu thought his visual presentation of missile launchers underneath a soccer field would convince Blatter that perhaps soccer fields are not always what they seem to be, he was sorely mistaken.

The exhibit impressed Blatter about as much as Netanyahu impressed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with his “red line” exhibition on Iran’s nuclear program in the United Nations last year.

The Prime Minister showed Blatter aerial photographs of Fajr-5 missile launchers in the Gaza soccer stadium.

Blatter did not utter a word.

“This is a double war crime,” Netanyahu said. “You’re firing on civilians and you’re hiding behind civilians.”

Blatter did not utter a word.

“We ask FIFA to allow Israel to play fair and not to let the organization and football to be exploited to spread lies,” Netanyahu said.

Blatter did not utter a word.

Netanyahu reminded his visitor that the head of the PA soccer association is Jibril Rajoub, who said earlier this year that, “Gee, I sure wish the Palestinian Authority had a nuclear weapon, because if we did, I would have used it.”

Blatter did not utter a word..

When he did open his mouth, he had this to say: “I will go to defend not only the Palestine Football Association but I will defend the basic principles of FIFA, (which are) to connect people and not to separate people.”

Blatter praised soccer as a way to peace. FIFA’a values are “to recognize each other through football and to live not only in peace but in harmony,” he stated.

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