Bnei Sakhnin vs. Beitar Jerusalem last night at the Doha Stadium in Sakhnin.
Sakhnin won 1-0.
Bnei Sakhnin vs. Beitar Jerusalem last night at the Doha Stadium in Sakhnin.
Sakhnin won 1-0.
A German man who went on trial in Frankfurt, Germany Monday for being a member of the extremist ISIS group once played for a Jewish soccer club.
Kreshnik Berisha, 20, is alleged to have traveled to Syria where he fought with the group for five months before he returned to Germany, according to the Associated Press.
Berisha, 20, reportedly comes from a Muslim family from Kosovo. He was arrested in Germany in December on charges of membership in a foreign terrorist organization and is believed to be one of about 400 German citizens who have joined jihadist groups fighting in Syria since the beginning of the more than three-year-long civil war.
State prosecutors said he underwent firearms training in Syria and reportedly worked as a medic for ISIS.
“On top of this, he took part in combat missions that occasionally lasted several days,” the charge sheet read.
He has since “turned his back” on ISIS, defense lawyer Mutlu Günal told the British newspaper The Guardian. The judge reportedly is working with prosecutors on a plea deal in exchange for information about the extremist group.
Berisha played on the under-17 youth team of Makkabi Frankfurt, a prominent Jewish soccer club, as recently as 2011.
Membership in the team is not restricted to Jews and is described as diverse. Israeli teams also are also careful not to discriminate with regard to race, religion or color.
All that matters is to win and be proud to say that the team is from Israel, even if not one player is Israeli and not one is even Jewish.
When you hear the lefties talks about a “Jewish democratic state of Israel,” the “Jewish” is in name only.
JTA contributed to this report.
Israel will not host its Davis Cup playoff match against Argentina due to the conflict in Gaza, the International Tennis Federation announced Thursday.
It said it was moving the Sept. 12-14 match out of Tel Aviv and the playoff will not be held in any other Israeli city.
Over the next five days Israel, as the team with the home-court advantage, must choose among four venues for the new location: New York; Delray Beach, Fla.; Krakow, Poland; or Tallinn, Estonia.
The Argentine Tennis Association requested a change in location two weeks ago due the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
“We are concerned. We have communicated with the ITF, which promises to make a decision about Davis Cup very soon,” the association’s president, Arturo Grimaldi, told reporters several days ago.
Israel is aiming to return to the World Group after a one-year absence following its 3-1 victory over Slovenia in the Europe/Africa Zone Group I, but Argentina has four players rated in the Top 100.
Argentina’s team is led by a Jewish captain, Martin Jaite, who is supporter of Argentine Jewish sports clubs.
The Israeli squad has an Argentine player, Buenos Aires native Jonathan Erlich, who made aliyah when he was 2. Erlich and Andy Ram have been the best doubles tandem in Israeli history.
The best weightlifters in the world will arrive for the championship, taking place in Tel Aviv April 5-12.
The championship, will take place at a high school, and practices will take place in a see-through hall in the Tel Aviv Port. Both activities will be open to the public.
This is the first time that the championship is taking place in Israel, hosting 500 athletes and escorts from 40 countries.
The championship will be broadcast on Eurosport during the week.
Two recent Palestinian Authority soccer tournaments included four teams named after terrorists who were behind some of the most lethal attacks that murdered Israeli civilians, Palestinian Media Watch reported Wednesday.
The games were not played in official Palestinian Authority tournaments, but the official PA daily’s reportage of the tournament’s “success to the souls of…martyrs” illustrates a culture of terror that has permeated the Palestinian Authority in education, politics and sports ever since the era of Yasser Arafat, who was a Palestinian as much as you and your mother-in-law. He was born in Egypt.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu commented after Wednesday’s fatal terrorist stabbing of a soldier by a terrorist from Jenin that “the incitement through official channels of the Palestinian Authority and schools must stop.”
It is too late.
The United States for more than two decades has turned two blind eyes and two deaf ears to constant incitement in which an entire generation has been brainwashed into thinking that life is a lot nicer when you can kill Jews and know.
The Oslo Accords of 1993 committed the Palestinian Authority to halt all incitement. The Bush Administration ignored official PA encouragement to murder Israelis, and the Obama administration has done worse be publicly stating it does not exist. President Barack Obama has said on a number of occasions that Mahmoud Abbas has stopped incitement.
Official PA incitement has been documented hundreds of times on these pages and in other media, ranging from official PA documents and maps showing the Palestinian Authority flag to wave over all of Israel to Abbas’ praise for terrorists, including honors in public squares.
With the adoption of the populist term of “resistance,” terror has officially been eliminated. Simply don’t say the word and it does not exist.
That is the only way to explain U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry remarkably stupid remark last week that Israel faces a third intifada because of its refusal to hand over most of Israel to Abbas on a silver platter.
When soccer teams are named after murderers, Abbas does not have to incite, but the fact that he allows soccer teams to be named after Yahya Ayyash, Dalal Mughrabi, and Ghassan Kanafan reflects tacit enthusiasm for their barbaric acts.
PMW reminds us that Ayyash was the first Hamas suicide bomb builder and planner, known as “the Engineer,” and is considered the founder of Palestinian suicide terror. He was behind attacks killing dozens of Israelis and injuring hundreds. Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus on the Coastal Road and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Kanafani was a writer and a leader of the terror organization the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP has planned and carried out numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians since its founding in 1967.
All three teams bearing the names of these terrorist played in a tournament at Al Quds University in Shechem.
A fourth team that played in another tournament was named after terrorist Ziyad Da’as, a commander of the Tanzim, a faction of Abbas’ Fatah party,
Da’as planned the attack at a Bat-Mitzvah celebration in Hadera on Jan. 17, 2002, in which a terrorist gunman killed six and wounded dozens. He also participated in the kidnapping and murder of Etgar Zeituni and Motti Dayan in Tulkarm in January 2001. Israeli military police killed him killed during a clash in 2002.
Although the Palestinian Authority did not run the tournaments, PMW translated and published a report by the PA official daily.
“At the end of the special tournament, the heroic martyrs who fulfilled their duty to the homeland were honored,” the newspaper wrote. “Mohammed Tamouni, the martyr’s brother, dedicated the big win and the tournament’s success to the souls of his brother and all of Palestine’s martyrs, who are more honorable than all of us. Tamouni said that this tournament will continue to take place annually in order to remember the heroes whom we will never forget.”
Other teams were named after more “minor” terrorists, such as Amer Nassar, killed in 2013 by the Israeli army after throwing a Molotov cocktail at a military post.
President Barack Obama finally has given Americans a fun issue to debate so they can take their minds off Iranian nukes, Syrian chemical weapons and the zillion dollar debt, but the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is playing party pooper by turning it into a Jewish issue.
If the Washington Redskins’ football club owner Dan Snyder were not Jewish, would the name “Redskins” make such a difference to the ADL?
Other teams have also come under fire, including the Cleveland Indians, whose hook-nosed, red-faced mascot Chief Wahoo has been called racist and offensive, the JTA reported. The Atlanta Braves baseball team also is in the same club of offending an ethnic group.
“Tradition matters, but tradition should not justify the perpetuation of such names and mascots,” said ADL national director Abraham Foxman. “A name change will not impact how a team fares on the field, or in the standings.”
Snyder is sticking to his guns, or bow and arrow, and the Washington Post reported that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, “It would be a real mistake – a real mistake – to think that Dan, who is Jewish, has a lack of sensitivity regarding somebody’s feelings. I promise you that.”
President Obama has turned the issue into a national debate, not the most burning issue for the great American empire but at least one that is a bit lighter than all of the burdens Americans carry because of an increasingly deaf and dumb government.
“I’ve got to say that if I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team, even if it had a storied history, that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about changing it,” President Barack Obama said.
Not to many years ago, any ethnic group would have been proud to have a baseball or football team named after them. The “Baltimore Jews” or the “Brooklyn Blacks” would not have been offensive. It would have been badge of honor.
Even today, Walt “Red Hawk” Brown, the chief of Virginia’s Cheroenhaka Nottoway Tribe that was recognized by the Virginia General Assembly in 2010 but is not federally recognized , told a Richmond, Virginia television station that it’s “a great honor” when Native American words are used in popular culture.
“Why would my president says [Redskins is] is offensive to him?” Brown asked. “What’s offensive to me is this: we have 11 state recognized tribes, and he hasn’t done one thing to get those tribes federally recognized.”
But his voice is drowned out by the Melting Pot culture that not too many decades ago decided that Negro was too close to “nigger” and had to be replaced with “black,” which was not ethnic enough and had to be replaced with “Afro-Americans.”
But a Jew still is a Jew.
Or as Tom Lehrer once sang, “During National Brotherhood Week, National Brotherhood Week, “It’s fun to eulogize/The people you despise… Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics/And the Catholics hate the Protestants/And the Hindus hate the Muslims/And everybody hates the Jews.”
Consider the recent poll that shows more and more Jews, especially those who might not be Jews according to Jewish law but like to consider themselves as Jewish, regard their religion as a culture. That way, maybe the Jews won’t be hated, except by God for rejecting the concept of The Chosen People, which is obvious racism to the politically correct.
A “stomach Jew” used to be one who did not observe much of the Torah but ate gefilte fish. Today a “stomach Jew” is one who can eat shrimp while wearing an “I Love Israel” shirt.
If the “Redskins” is so suggestive of racism, Obama and Foxman have the wrong reasons for being so sensitive. And where is U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry when we need him to remind everyone of American history?
Doesn’t anyone remember that the tiny U.S. government occupied the West Bank of the United States and put the Indians in refugee camps, called “reserves?”
There was no need for an Apartheid back then because the good Christian whites simply gunned down the Indians by the hundreds and by the thousands as part of the peace process.
Does pressing Snyder to bury the name “Redskins” cleanse the past and sterilize the present?
An international tennis association is investigating a Tunisian tennis player for pulling out of a match instead of facing Israeli player Amir Weintraub in the quarterfinals of an Association of Tennis Professionals match in Tashkent.
Jaziri gave a knee injury as the official reason for pulling out, and the Tunisian Sports and Youth Ministry told AFP that it does not make such demands on its players .It is believed to be the first time that a player has refused to play against an Israeli in international tennis play.
The brother of Malek Jaziri, who pulled out on Friday, told the French news agency AFP that he acted under orders of the Tunisian Tennis Federation. An e-mail ordering Jaziri to pull out of the match was published by Tunisia’s state news agency.
The two players train at the Sarcelles Tennis club in France and have known each other for several years.
Weintraub lost Saturday in the tournament’s semi-final match to Russian player Teymuraz Gabashvili.
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