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Sport and Politics, Israel and Others

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I need to start this piece with a small personal confession-I am addicted to soccer, yes, my only recognized addiction from age of four years old[will not reveal how many years ago], and then another confession-I have always mixed soccer and politics. It was so because in Israel of old days, sport was politics like everything else, and it was ”we” against ”them”. We-Beitar, They-Hapoel. We -Blue and White, they-Red. What could be more explicitly political in these days than that difference.?. So, in the spirit of the time ,I will add another confession, that of taking my political approach to soccer also to the international scene, and this is why I am always against German teams. Old habit, and it is not going to change. Put Iranian team against a German, and I go for the former. I changed even the aversion to the reds, as I support Arsenal F.C in London, the Reds of the city , but in Israel it is Beitar Yerushalayim-the Menorah is in my heart, BUT it is getting harder to maintain this loyalty. It is not because the team is sub-standard, that is not an issue, but because so many of the fans are racists, yelling anti Arab slogans, objecting to the inclusion of an Arab player in the team. That IS bad, totally reprehensible and against the teachings of the Beitar youth movement, as given to us by the great teacher Ze’ev Jabotinsky. I admit though to a weakness-I just cannot wish ill to my Beitar team. I cannot, as simple as that. I can however wish the best of all to the Israel national soccer team , and I emphasize, the Israel team, not the Jewish team of Israel.

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