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Racism Is Not a Game

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On Saturday there was a Premier League soccer game between Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem. At the 37th minute, one began to hear monkey sounds from the Bnei Yehuda fans. They occurred every time that Beitar Jerusalem’s two black players, Antoine Conte and Ange-Freddy Plumain, touched the ball. In a benighted display of racism that continued until the end of that half, the two players had to listen to the hooting again and again.

That in 2019 hundreds of people aren’t embarrassed to stand in public and make monkey noises at black players shows that Israel has a long way to go in eliminating racism. But soccer fields, which often provide fertile ground for such ugly phenomena, must be places where clear-cut preventive action is taken; in the above case, the game should have........

© Haaretz