sports i can understand

now here’s some sports rivaly i can actually understand (via pat buchanan @vdare):

In Israel, a Soccer Game Reflects a Divide

“If Bnei Sakhnin, the only Arab-Israeli team in Israel’s first division, loses today, the club will drop to the second division, an ignominious distinction, the equivalent of going from the major to minor leagues in baseball.

“And the team that Sakhnin has to beat to survive is the one they hate the most, Beitar Jerusalem, which has been associated with right-wing politics in Israel for decades and may be the only first-division club never to have an Arab player on its roster….

“‘It’s just a game,’ I say [to one of the arab fans], trying to calm things down.

“‘For you, maybe,’ Ali responds, ‘because you’re a Jew. But for us, soccer is the only place we’re equal in this stinking country. If Sakhnin gets thrown out of first division, then they’ll be taking that away from us, too.’

“Beitar’s jerseys say ‘Stop Racism,’ but everyone knows that the slogan is there only because the team is trying to lighten the penalty imposed by the Israel Soccer Association for the constant anti-Arab chanting of Beitar’s hardcore fans, called ‘La Familia.’ (‘Muhammad is a homosexual’ is a favorite cheer.) The bad blood between the two teams has caused many of their matches to end in rock-­throwing brawls….”

of course!

previously: ‘sup with the canucks?!

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2 Comments

  1. There’s lots of irony in the story of Beitar.
    An organization of militant anti-socialist (originally quasi-fascist) Polish Jews, named after a socialist Russian Jew.
    And now, dwarfed by the predominately working class Mizrahi fandom of a soccer team it created in the 1930’s.

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  2. @ihtg – “An organization of militant anti-socialist (originally quasi-fascist) Polish Jews, named after a socialist Russian Jew.”

    heh. that is funny!

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