Small number of fans create big problems
Betar Australia has responded to an article published in “The Age” slamming soccer club Beitar Jerusalem’s fans for their racist behaviour.
Beitar issued a news release which states: “The article on Beitar Jerusalem published is a manipulation of the true reality in Israel. This small fragment of football club fans were condemned by the majority of fans, the management of the club and the Prime Minister (and leader of the Likud party), Benjamin Netanyahu.
Betar Australia GAP year participants as representatives of World Betar, last week met with the two Muslim players and offered them our support for their continued participation in the club.
Ruth Pollard writes that the Betar Jerusalem F.C. is ‘closely associated with Israel’s ruling Likud party.”’ The Age readers should be aware that Beitar Jerusalem and Likud are almost entirely separate entities… they are about as connected as the Collingwood F.C. is to the Labour party. Betar was created 90 years ago in reaction to the wave of racism in Europe, linking Betar and racism is both insulting and absurd.”
The Age article revealed that the soccer club had recently joined every other cloub in Israel by having Muslims on its playing staff. The Age reported on the strong anti-Muslim attitude of the club’s fans each time on of their new acquisitions was on the ball. The behaviour of these fans has also been condemned by ex-Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert.
Jonathan Markowitz, Betar Australia’s Rosh Hanagah Artzit told J-Wire: “Last week our Shnatties and madrichim from Betar Israel met with the Beitar Jerusalem Soccer Team. Our Shnatties presented the two Muslim players with a portrait of Jabotinsky that had the quote “every man is a king.”
Jabotinsky wrote strongly against racism of all forms in many of his articles. It is most prominent in our ideological concept of ‘Hadar’ which states that every person is a prince, and so we should all treat one another with respect and dignity. Betar Australia continues to stand strongly against racism in all forms.