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Israeli Flags Banned from Jewish-Arab Soccer Game

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Police have ordered that no flags, including those of the State of Israel, will be allowed at a soccer match between Beitar Jerusalem and the team from the Galilee city of Sahknin next week.

Fans of Beitar have a reputation for being rowdy and racist, and sometimes violent.

Police said no “non-sport” objects, including flags, will be allowed into the stadium in Sahknin, where fans will undergo a strict inspection before entering.

Approximately 600 policemen will be deployed, in addition to 100 guards, to prevent disorder.

Quick, Somebody Tell the Messiah — No Soccer in Israel this Shabbat

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Jerusalem Talmud (Ta’anit 1a) promises the arrival of the Messiah as soon as the Jews keep one proper Shabbat—the Babylonian (Shabbat 118b) requires two consecutive Shabbat days. As things look now, this coming Shabbat will offer an opportunity to Jews in Israel to usher in the redeemer since a state court has decided that Shabbat games are a criminal violation of Israel’s labor laws.

For as long as the good people of Israel can remember—some say at least 100 year, major league soccer was played mostly on Shabbat, because that’s the country’s day off. Even a number of religious Jews would walk to their local stadium as soon as services in shul were over.

But then, in August, the union of Israeli soccer players asked a labor court in Tel Aviv to suspend soccer games on Shabbat, because they’ve been conducted illegally. Working on Shabbat is against the law in Israel, and a business that wishes to stay open on God’s day of rest must acquire a special permit. It so happens that in 100 years no one has thought to get the permit.

Labor Court Judge Ariela Glitzr Katz told both parties in the dispute, the players and the league: “Holding football matches on Shabbat is a criminal offense and will not permit for employment which is contrary to the law.”

The judge mentioned one remedy: the league should request a proper permit from the Minister of the Economy, who is in charge of labor issues in Israel. It so happens that said Minister of the Economy is Aryeh Deri (Shas), a Sephardi ultra-Orthodox Jew who would issue such a permit only if he desires political suicide.

This may be the most critical turn in the already fragile status quo between state and religion as well as between secular and religious Israelis. Soccer is almost a state religion for many Israelis, and the idea of a Shabbat without games is intolerable to millions.

MK Avigdor Lieberman (Israel Beiteinu) advocated toppling the Netanyahu government over its failure to deliver soccer on Shabbat.

The league management sent a heartfelt, lengthy appeal to Minister Deri, citing the risk of teams collapsing, despondent adults and children wandering the streets aimlessly, social programs collapsing — the minister is yet to respond, which also means that Deri is choosing to ignore a deadline imposed by the league, demanding that he answer their call by Monday or there would be no soccer on Shabbat.

Meanwhile, many players have been sharing online and with the media how delighted they are to be able to spend Shabbat with their families.

Israel Radio announced on Monday afternoon that the league has announced the cancellation of all the league games this coming Shabbat. Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev, who previously declared her support for the players, is now suggesting that the Attorney General could issue a temporary permit for the next two months, a time that would be used by a task force to come up with an alternative.

The fact is that most Israelis are off on Fridays, too, and could probably hit the stands by 1:00 PM and still make it home in time for candle lighting, even on a winter Friday.

Otherwise — prepare for the arrival of Messiah, and dress lightly, temperatures in Israel have been in the 90s since mid-July.

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.

Israeli Wins Silver Medal in World ‘Triple Jump’ Championships

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko’s, 25, won a silver medal in the women’s triple jump finals in the world championship competition in Beijing Monday.

Her performance set an Israeli record.

It was the third time an Israeli has won a medal at the championships since 1983,

“Everybody in Israel was watching this event and hoping for the first female medal at the world championships,” she said. “I cannot describe how emotional this moment is.”

Jerusalem to Invest a Record NIS 50M to Promote Arts & Culture

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

The Jerusalem municipality will invest a record-breaking NIS 50 million per year starting this year to promote arts and culture in the capital.

Israel’s Ministry of Culture and Sports agreed on Sunday to allocate NIS 7 million to cultural institutions and ongoing initiatives to hike the city’s annual investment to a new record high.

Praising Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev, Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement released Sunday: “Jerusalem has experienced in recent years an unprecedented cultural renaissance, and returned as the cultural capital of Israel.

“The municipality will continue to operate and support the city’s cultural institutions in order to strengthen and promote the city’s culture – not only with new events and festivals, but by strengthening and leveraging the ongoing work of existing institutions, as well as by encouraging more entrepreneurial culture and artistic enterprises in the capital,” he vowed.

Jerusalem Wine Festival

This is the week of one of the biggest and most important events held each year in the capital: the Jerusalem Wine Festival, held annually by the Israel Museum.

The festival, which begins on Monday and runs through Thursday, is the leading event for the wine industry in Israel. It is a salute to Israeli wineries, which last year brought together a record 60 Israeli wineries that displayed hundreds of wine to taste.

This year’s festival is expected to welcome more than 20,000 visitors to the event.

In addition to booths for the tasting of wine, thousands of wine lovers who come from all over the country are also able to enjoy food from top restaurants, booths selling products to complement wine purchases, high quality gourmet products, live performances in a variety of styles, and more.

The event is held at the Art Garden of the Israel Museum, which is considered one of the world’s finest sculpture gardens.

Israeli Special Olympics Teams Win 62 Medals at Los Angeles Summer Games

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Israel excels as the “start up” nation but as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu noted this week, Israelis also excel even when their abilities are compromised.

The prime minister made a special point of congratulating the Israeli Special Olympics team upon its return last week from the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.

Also attending the meeting were Special Olympics Association President Daniel Benaim, other senior association officials, Social Affairs and Social Services Ministry Director General Eliezer Yavlon and Culture and Sports Ministry Sports Authority Director Dr. Ori Shefer.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “I want to congratulate you from the depths of my heart. We are proud of you; everyone in Israel is proud of you.

“Sixty-two medals is an amazing achievement. You are all deserving of great appreciation, first of all because you are champions. You competed and won.

“Even those who did not win, to reach the games and compete, this says that you have something special, something heartfelt that gives you strength, also with the help of your trainers and coaches whom I congratulate as well.

“But we know that it starts with you and you drew strength from your very souls. I very much appreciate this and I would like to tell you that you have brought great pride and honor to the State of Israel and to yourselves.

“Secondly, you must know that there is also national pride because you represent something special. You represent the human spirit, which can overcome any obstacle if you want to; it starts with wanting to.”

And then the prime minister added: “I ask that you invite me to the opening of the Special Olympics here next year. It will give me a chance to see you again.”

Violent Bulgarian Soccer Fans Chase Israeli Team off the Field [video]

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

A violent group of Bulgaria soccer fans interrupted what was supposed to be a “friendly” game between Ashdod and the CSFA Sofia team Monday and chased the Israeli players off the field.

Ashdod was leading 1-0 when the game was canceled because of the outburst, which followed a red card against an Ashdod player for a heavy tackle.

The “bleacherreport” website described the scene as “incredible,” with the Ashdod players, in blue and white uniforms, scrambling for an empty portion of the stands to escape the anger of the mob. At least one glass bottle hit an Israeli player during the chase.

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