Chilean soccer team defies league, retains Palestine on jersey

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The new Palestino jerseys which were worn Friday. Photo credit: Club Deportivo Palestino

 

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The old jerseys which were banned by the league.  Photo credit:  JTA

Despite an explicit ban by the league on using the map of historic Palestine on their uniforms, the Club Deportivo Palestino soccer team defied the league ruling when they debuted their new uniform on Friday.

The new jersey has a gold image of Palestine on the front and a much smaller map of Palestine embedded in each numeral in the back of each shirt.   The previous uniform employs the image of Palestine to represent the numeral one.  (For our previous reporting on this story see here and here.)  Also, the name of the club’s new sponsor, The Bank of Palestine is now prominently featured on the jersey.

The map of Palestine had been banned and the club fined because the league office found the image to be a violation of a prohibition on a  soccer team making political or religious statements.  The official league ruling also indicated that the jerseys were an expression of political and racial discrimination.  

Fernando Aguad, the president of the team, initially agreed to the ban, but before the new uniforms were unveiled, he then contradicted himself by issuing the following statement:

There are no rules against using the ancient map of Palestine on sportswear.  We are going to design a new shirt with complete liberty to include the territory of, and any symbols relating to, Palestine.

The Santiago Times reported the story under the headline, “New Chilean club soccer shirt ‘damages Jewish-Palestine relations.’”

Here is a statement given to  the newspaper by Maximiliano Grass, Director of the Chile Israel Council.

Palestino’s decision to keep the Palestinian map of Israel on the shirts demonstrates the club does not recognize any form of coexistence policy and disregards any potential peace dialogue.

Palestino is promoting extremist ideologies based on the denial of Israel — for this reason it will be difficult for the Jewish community to restore the good relations that once existed between the two communities.

Maurico Abu-Ghosh, President of the Palestinian Federation in Chile, told The Santiago Times:

I do not see how the matter is controversial. We use the map that belongs to us — the map that represents the old Palestine. This is the map that existed when our ancestors first came to Chile.

I do not view the map as a political statement, it is a romantic notion, relating to the old Palestine. We are not at the mercy of what the Jewish community like or dislike — the reason why Palestino used the map is clear.

The Palestino soccer team is a major professional sports franchise in Chile and this controversy is big news there.  The number of Chileans of Palestinian descent living in Chile has been estimated to be between 300 and 500 thousand.  It is the largest Palestinian population outside the Middle East.

There has been no reaction from league officials to the new jerseys.

About Ira Glunts

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  1. Cliff says:

    Viva Palestina!

    Screw the Zionist Lobby.

    Don’t let them control your lives ANYWHERE.

    • talking about sports whatever happened to the palestinian pro football player who was being harrased by jews by being called a terrorist

      • Ira Glunts says:

        Oday Aboushi was injured for most of the year. I do not think he played even one snap. Before his injury the coaches said that he would need to learn some new skills before he was ready for game action.

        The good news is that he is still with the team and will get another shot next season.

        Mondoweiss contacted the Jets to request an interview during last season’s training camp, but the request was denied. We will try again next season to talk to Aboushi.

  2. Susan A says:

    Yay! Well done Deportivo Palestino! :) And yes, Viva Palestina!

  3. Wow!

    Good move, obviously it takes a small football club in Chile to bring attention to Palestine!

  4. Mike_Konrad says:

    The Palestino Soccer Team is very “radicalized” from a Zionist point of view.

    The fans shout Intifada

    link to scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net

    They have a rooting gang called the barra intifada (Intifada gang)

    Some member claim they support Hamas

    From the point of the regulars on Mondoweiss, most of you would consider this heroric defiance – I, of course, would take exception.

    The Palestinians in Chile are radicalized from the Zionist point of view.

    AND VERY POWERFUL.

    They may be the richest ethnic group in Chile, which is the economic star of South America.

    Israel is only now starting to notice them, and they are worried. Palestinian Federation in Chile active in fostering hatred against Israel

    Some videos, which I hope the admin will allow

    The name of this video is intifada

    Has a 90 sec Intro where I explain why they call themselves Baisanos.
    They call themselves fans of Hamas

    It was common practice for them to have a moment of silence before each game for dead Palestinians.

    In South America it is common for teams to be fan-owned. The Palestinos have a small ownership base, but it is probably elite Palestinian-Chileans.

    This will be a fight. It already is.

    I find this troubling. No doubt, most here will disagree with me.

    • Bumblebye says:

      Mike, you can take your “exception” and shove it where the sun don’t shine!
      “Intifada” is not a rude or racist word – so what’s wrong with the team’s fans using it?
      Who gives a flying eff for the “Zionist point of view”? Why on earth should it hold any water? It’s just a racist ideology with a lot of Palestinian victims, after all!

      Someone should look into how the Israel tourist board markets Israel in the country – do their maps show the existence of Palestine, however shrunken? Or do they obliterate it entirely, as they have done many times in many other places?

      • mike probably doesn’t know what intifada means bumblebye. and notice how he referenced they were radicalized “from a Zionist point of view” but he doesn’t think reporting ” Palestinian Federation in Chile active in fostering hatred against Israel” is a radicalized statement.

        lol

    • ”The Palestinians in Chile are radicalized from the Zionist point of view.

      AND VERY POWERFUL.”

      You say that like it’s a bad thing.

      It is, in fact, a very very good thing. Like you ever gave a toss about rich and powerful Zionists influencing American policy. Who gives a flying monkey’s for the ‘Zionist point of view’ anyway?

      • K Renner says:

        It is a “bad thing” for people like him and the pathetic/pathetically hilarious representatives of the Chilean Jewish community, who prove once again that they can spout nothing but the usual garbage disturbingly common from Jewish community “heads” or representatives the world over (excepting maybe Eurasia, Iranian Jews in particular).

        It’s a good thing South America isn’t known for lapping up/acting like the typical useless sycophants as far as pro-Israel temper tantrums are concerned. By and large they just laugh off the usual accusations screamingly tossed their way by Jewish community representatives.

    • I appreciated the irony of the link to the Jabotinsky International Center’s , Fight Hatred site.

      Do you have a link to where we can buy a jersey?

      • Mike_Konrad says:

        I suppose since you tolerate my Zionist views, I should help you.

        Some notes:

        camiseta = jersey from camisa (Shirt) + ita (Little) = t-shirt/Jersey

        VERY IMPORTANT.

        =========

        A Chilean peso (also uses $) is $500 Chilean to 1 $US.

        So $25000 Cl = $50 US

        ==========
        Go here

        link to palestino.cl

        Write this.

        Give
        Nombre: Name
        Appelido ( Señor, Señorita, Señora) Mr. Miss Mrs
        Email
        Commentarios (where you put the message below)
        ===========

        Por favor. Soy estadounidense, y quiero que la información donde puedo comprar la camiseta nueva (con el mapa de Palestina), y el precio .

        Gracias.

        —-

        Please. I’m an American, and I want the information where I can buy the new shirt (with map of Palestine), and price.

        Thank you.

        —-
        If you want to add more then add:

        ¡Viva Palestina! (Long live Palestine)

        of

        ¡Vamos Palestinos! (Let’s go Palestinos)

        Note: Vamos literally means we are going but can mean Let’s Go.

        ===========
        estadounidense = United Statsian = American.

        In Spanish, nationalities are NOT capitalized. You can use americano but a few South Americans get upset that We Americans (United Statsians) appropriate the name America for ourselves, when there are dozens of countries in the Americas.

        estadounidense is more commonly used by Mexicans, but it is understood by all and avoids the arrogance.

        PS: mapa is an odd noun. Though ending in a, it has the article el.

        The shirts are SO NEW that they are not on camiseta (jersey) sites yet.

        So email them directly.

        • shachalnur says:

          Looks like not too many people speak Spanish here,since you missed Mike’s little nasty disinformnation about “Los Baisanos”.

          Is everybody impressed by Mike’s linguistic skills?

          NO TE ABANDONAREMOS HAMÁS !! = We will NEVER(“hamás”) abandon you !!”(and not:”We will not abandon you,Hamas!!”)

          And has nothing to do with the political movement in Gaza,which is written without “´”,and there’s no comma in the phrase, anyway.

          Cheap piece of Hasbara,but it works when people lack background knowledge.

        • shachalnur says:

          Thank you Mike,

          I’ve lived in Cuba and Mexico for 20 years ,and am fluent in Spanish.

          There was something else I was trying to find out ,and now I know.

          • tree says:

            We will not abandon you, Hamas.

            Mike, I’m not that fluent in Spanish but I know a bit. I also know that you have repeatedly added a comma where there is none, and you have repeatedly omitted the first part of the sentence, which makes no sense if we accept the translation that you keep spamming.

            Your translation: “Although we have made it to the playoffs… we will never abandon you, Hamas!”

            What does making it to the playoffs have to do with abandoning (or not) the ruling party in Gaza??? This is a totally illogical meshing of the two clauses.

            It seems like shachalnur’s translation makes much more sense here:

            “Even if we reach the playoffs, we will never abandon you!”

            …referring to the team, not to the political party, with a simple misspelling of “jamas”.

            And please explain why you keep adding that non-existent comma.

        • Sibiriak says:

          Mike_Konrad:

          Soy estadounidense, y quiero que la información donde puedo comprar la camiseta nueva…

          What’s the “que” doing there? “La información donde puedo comprar…” isn’t great Spanish either.

          • Mike_Konrad says:

            My Spanish is not perfect. If you can write it better do so .

            (Click Here) on google translate and it translates okay.

            I believe this rule might apply querer + que

            link to spanishdict.com

            Use querer + que when the object is a clause functioning as a noun

            My practice is to write the sentence first myself, unaided; and only after that check it on google translate. I know translation engines are not perfect, but they can help.

    • Mike Konrad: they are radicals

      “having a silent minute”

      “support resistance to occupation”

      “screaming intifada”
      -
      Wow you really are a sad person.

    • talknic says:

      Mike_Konrad ” I, of course, would take exception”

      Of course. Not surprising from someone who finds excuses for the illegal acquisition of non-Israeli territory by the Jewish state. Most thieves take exception to being exposed as liars, cheats and thieves

    • Sycamores says:

      Mike_Konrad

      Club Deportivo Palestino soccer team was founded in 1920 prior to the formation of the colonial zionist state of israel. the map of historic Palestine on their uniforms predates israel borderless state. it’s totally acceptable i don’t know why zionist whiners are complaining.

      BTW what do you see anything wrong with the picture from the jnf blue box
      link to mondoweiss.net

    • ckg says:

      So Mike “the answer is relocation of the Palestinians” Konrad finds these soccer jerseys troubling? Most of us find it troubling that ethnic cleansing is considered an answer.

      • Mike_Konrad says:

        When to people want the same territory, and contest every inch, one or the other side has to be moved.

        I advocate peaceably paying the Palestinians to leave.

        Many here advocate that Jews should move.

        We both agree that one side or the other must go; just differ on which one.

        What I advocate is not out of hate, but out of practicality.

        • talknic says:

          @ Mike_Konrad When to people want the same territory, and contest every inch, one or the other side has to be moved”

          According to the UNSC resolutions on the matter, under the Laws, UN Charter and relative conventions Israel AGREED to uphold but hasn’t, it is Israel who must withdraw.

          “I advocate peaceably paying the Palestinians to leave”

          Uh huh. What if the Palestinians refuse your vile one sided money soften genocidal ziopoop method of getting rid of them

          “Many here advocate that Jews should move”

          It’s irrelevant that they’re Jews. If they’re Israeli, they’re prohibited under International law from illegally settling in non-Israeli territory

          Non-Jewish Israelis are also prohibited from illegally settling in territories under Israeli occupation.

          “We both agree that one side or the other must go; just differ on which one”

          The law exists to resolve disagreements that cannot be settled, especially when one state is in breach of the laws to prevent such issues from arising. The Law tells us via UNSC resolutions that Israel is required to withdraw.

          “What I advocate is not out of hate, but out of practicality”

          It’s far more practical for Israel to get the f*&^ out of non-Israeli territories

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          “I advocate peaceably paying the Palestinians to leave.”

          How much are you going to pay them? I’m thinking it’ll cost you about $5 million per head. Sounds good to you?

          Who’s going to pay? I’m thinking since israel is getting the land, it should pay the $5 million per head. Have they agreed to pay this money?

          Where are you going to send them? And who’s going to pay for that move?

          What arrangements have you made to ensure that they are accepted and remain a viable social group in that state?

          Because if you don’t have those practicalities worked out, it’s not a practical plan at all.

        • eljay says:

          >> I advocate peaceably paying the Palestinians to leave. Many here advocate that Jews should move.

          I advocate that Israel honour its obligations under international law, and that two secular, democratic and egalitarian states – based on Partition – be allowed to emerge from the ashes of this Zio-supremacist colonialist adventure:
          - Israel, the nation state of and for all Israelis, equally; and
          - Palestine, the nation state of and for all Palestinians, equally.

          >> What I advocate is not out of hate, but out of practicality.

          You advocate out of Zio-supremacism.

        • Shingo says:

          What I advocate is not out of hate, but out of practicality.

          Practicality would suggest those with second passports are homes in other countries should be the ones to leave. Given that almost half Israelis would live elsewhere if they could afford it, shouldn’t that be the more practical option?

        • Abierno says:

          Unfortunately “practicality” is not a legal stricture. Mr. Konrad, many of the Palestinians hold legally recognized (by the UN, International community) documentation of their ownership of properties which in both
          Israel and the occupied territories were expropriated by force, violence
          or legal fiat and handed over, free of charge to Israeli’s. These legal rights,
          enshrined in numerous UN documents, must be addressed. It is also the
          case that numerous Israeli laws have been enacted which enable the state
          to destroy the homes and personal property of non Jewish Israeli citizens
          as well as those in the territories. Israel holds no regard for property rights
          of non Jewish persons, their religious artifacts (the Mamilla cemetary with graves from the time of the Crusaders, the Crimesian monastery) or their
          cultural artifacts (Israel carefully sequestered all the books in many fine
          Palestinian libraries during the Naqba; they are not available for perusal
          by anyone and most probably have deteriorated significantly).
          The cultural destruction by Israel of Palestinian books, documents and
          artefacts is fueled by the same all encompassing ferver as shown by the Taliban in the the destruction of the Bamiyan buddhas. All of these issues
          go far beyond “practicality” and must needs be addressed as the two states
          pull away from each other. Unfortunately, Israel has little history in
          the use of diplomacy and negotiation – the metier from 1948 on is violent
          conflict, disproportionate response (the Dahiya Doctrine) and, of course, the Mossad mantra: “By deception, make war.” Would you care to estimate the
          cost of the reparations in an even handed settlement of Palestinian issues?
          To support a UN mandated tribunal with participants selected from both
          sides to assist in untangling the competing claims?

        • ckg says:

          “We both agree that one side or the other must go; just differ on which one.”

          False.
          Most here reject the concept of ethnically-defined nation states–whether Jewish, Palestinian, or Afrikaaner–and support the idea that a government should represent all its citizens.

          Not to mention most here reject an ethnically-defined nation state of white Protestants.

        • kalithea says:

          “I advocate peaceably paying the Palestinians to leave.”

          There’s nothing peaceable about trying to buy someone’s right!

          There aren’t enough trillions in your Zionist coffers. But seriously how much would Zionists be willing to pay? They don’t even have the decency to compensate the people they’ve robbed! No doubt they’d offer a pitiful amount for what Palestinians have already proven is priceless as they already paid the highest price with their LIVES. But then that means zip to you.

          Of course for you the Jews shouldn’t leave, but cleansing the Palestinians as has been happening for decades seems to fly with you!

        • Sumud says:

          I advocate peaceably paying the Palestinians to leave.

          Many here advocate that Jews should move.

          We both agree that one side or the other must go; just differ on which one.

          Projecting Mike? Or deliberately misrepresenting people’s opinions…?

          Here we have a mix of one- and two-state advocates.

          Expecting jewish settlers to exit their illegal settlements outside Israel is not controversial, but you are talking about mandate Palestine – you want Palestinians to leave mandate Palestine altogether, right?

          If “many here advocate that jews should move” you should have no trouble quoting 5 different people advocating jews leave mandate Palestine.

        • Talkback says:

          Mike_Konrad: When to people want the same territory, and contest every inch, one or the other side has to be moved.

          Mike, it’s post 1945. The Nazis have lost. International law has changed. Deal with it.

    • Shingo says:

      The Palestino Soccer Team is very “radicalized” from a Zionist point of view.

      Zionism is racism, and considered radical, immoral and inhumane from a humane point of view.

    • libra says:

      Mike_Konrad: The Palestinians in Chile are radicalized from the Zionist point of view.
      AND VERY POWERFUL.


      I find this troubling. No doubt, most here will disagree with me.

      Mike, I would have thought this troubling news about what a handful of Palestinians are getting up to in Chile would have made you think twice the wisdom of shipping the rest of them to South America. Surely it doesn’t bear thinking about what several million could get up to? Why, they could be soon running the whole place and be busy upgrading those bottle rockets to who knows what?

      But no, I see you are still touting the Konrad Plan on this very thread. I’m afraid we’ve become used to the Konrad Cranium being a moral vacuum. Now we must consider it an intellectual void as well. But then I guess that’s what it takes to get published on “American Thinker” these days.

    • Woody Tanaka says:

      “The fans shout Intifada”

      So what? Their people are oppressed in their own land.

      “They have a rooting gang called the barra intifada (Intifada gang)”

      So what? It’s a cool name, you ask me.

      “Some member claim they support Hamas”

      No, you found one video that maybe says something about Hamas. But if so, so what? Many people see Hamas’s fight against israel and its crimes as a positive thing.

    • kalithea says:

      “the Zionist point of view”…IS RADICAL.

      So who can trust Zionist judgment on anything?

  5. kma says:

    the current map of Israel is what is offensive and abusive to relations between Israelis and peaceful people around the world.

    where’s the border? FYI, it’s physically at the Jordanian border. that is where Israelis stamp your passport and signs say “welcome to Israel” etc, and that is where military abuse of millions of Palestinians starts. I’m offended by it.

  6. Shuki says:

    Why is there a map of Israel on their shirt? Oh, that’s right… there is no such thing as “palestine”.

    • talknic says:

      Shuki Why is there a map of Israel on their shirt?”

      There isn’t you incredibly ignorant person. Israel didn’t exist in 1920. Palestine did.

      “Oh, that’s right… there is no such thing as “palestine””

      Correct. It’s Palestine. Bigots purposefully lower case proper names link to wp.me The same Palestine that had provisional recognition in 1920 (LoN Covenant Article 22 )

      Go ziopoop somewhere else

    • RoHa says:

      ‘there is no such thing as “palestine”.’

      You mean that the area on the map marked “Palestine” is actually sea?

      link to nla.gov.au

      • eljay says:

        >> You mean that the area on the map marked “Palestine” is actually sea?

        Ah, so that’s why Zio-supremacists are so comfortable with wiping Palestinians off the map and pushing them into the sea. They figure the Palestinians are already there, so there’s no harm done.

    • Talkback says:

      Shuki: Oh, that’s right… there is no such thing as “palestine”.

      A very stupid statement one can expect from a Hasbara automaton who (or who’s ancestors) had not become citizens of Palestine until 1948, but probably claims that it is his land.

    • K Renner says:

      god I love how this is the best trolling people like you can do and yet you shriek and mess yourselves any time someone does the same thing and says “no such thing as Israel” or something similar.

      Even if you say “European Jews have less of a right to homes and land and towns and cities that Palestinians lived in then the Palestinians themselves” you get the same hysterical, hilarious response.

  7. Davie Zirin wrote in “The Nation” that this team under this name was started in 1920.

    The homeland of the Palestinians in 1920 very much looked like what they have depicted on their jerseys. They certainly have a historical right to portray it as much as a Sicilian a depiction of the island of their ancestry.

    link to thenation.com

  8. American says:

    hooyah !!!
    Good , good, good!
    I look forward to smack downs of I-First global rule.

  9. Mike_Konrad says:

    Now, if you want to support a Jewish club, then go to

    link to caatlanta.com.ar

    For those of you who are Zionist —

    Club Atlético Atlanta which is a second division club (minor league) with a Jewish history in Argentina

    link to listado.mercadolibre.com.ar

    Argentine peso (Also $) is 8 to 1. So a $240 AR = $30US

    ===========

    If you are really Zionist

    Beitar Jerusalem, but that team has a vicious history, though

    link to ebay.com

    • talknic says:

      Mike_Konrad “Now, if you want to support a Jewish club”

      Uh? The article isn’t about supporting clubs. It’s about the ziotroll’s expected knee jerk reaction to Palestinians proud of their history.

    • Shingo says:

      Beitar Jerusalem, but that team has a vicious history, though

      I take it you and Gilad are fans right?

    • German Lefty says:

      If you are really Zionist – Beitar Jerusalem, but that team has a vicious history

      LOL. That’s because Zionism is vicious.
      Regarding your missing comment history: Why don’t you just create a new account and choose a name without an underscore?

  10. Kate says:

    How odd that Mike_Konrad thinks the keffiyeh is Islamic! Palestinian Christians wear it too.

  11. pabelmont says:

    How many years ago, again, was the team formed? And why shouldn’t they put any symbol or map they like on their shirts? A map of Palestine as it was when they founded the club? Good idea. Among other things, proving that there WAS a Palestine (then) something some unkind folks are eager to suppress. (Now, the suppression, that is a political act.)

    The league is said to have banned showing “the map of historic Palestine” on their shirts which suggests that it was THIS map (and no other: not, f.i. a map of Greater Israel) that they are showing. How exactly does showing a map of a defunct country constitute either a political or a religious statement?

  12. Pablo says:

    Not much point in posting on here is there?

  13. RE: “The map of Palestine had been banned and the club fined because the league office found the image to be a violation of a prohibition on a soccer team making political or religious statements. The official league ruling also indicated that the jerseys were an expression of political and racial discrimination.” ~ Ira Glunts

    COMPARE AND CONTRAST: “Suspicion and Hate: Racist Attacks On Arabs Increase in Israel”, By Julia Amalia Heyer, Spiegel Online, 6/05/13

    [EXCERPT] . . . Football fan Asi, 23, says that he isn’t a racist, just a nationalist. “I have no problem with Arabs, as long as they raise the Israeli flag and sing along when our national anthem is played.” Lieberman used the same logic to justify a bill he introduced calling for new citizens to deliver an oath of allegiance.
    Asi, who lives in a small village [in Israel] near Caesarea, supports the Beitar Jerusalem football club. On a Thursday evening, he and other Beitar fans are standing at an intersection in Herzliya. Asi has a friendly face and a neatly trimmed beard. Like his fellow fans, he is here to demonstrate against the club’s owner.
    When it was revealed in January that the Club planned to sign two Muslim Chechen players, the stands in the stadium became filled with hateful signs, with words like “Beitar — Pure Forever.” The fans chanted: “We are chosen, we are holy, but the Arabs are not.”
    Beitar Jerusalem, says Asi, that’s the holy menorah on a yellow background. The team, he says, can only win as a Jewish team, which is why Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to play in the club.
    Beitar’s management has since cancelled the contracts with the Chechens and sent the two men back home. There were simply too many problems [most especially, Israeli racism - J.L.D.], the club wrote in a statement.

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to spiegel.de

    • P.S. FROM WIKIPRDIA AS OF 1/25/14 [La Familia (Beitar supporters' group)]:

      La Familia are an Association football supporters’ group of Israeli Premier League club Beitar Jerusalem.[1] They are known for their opposition to Arab and Muslim players.

      • Organization
      The organization began in 2005 and occupy the eastern sections of Teddy Stadium. Estimates of the group’s numbers vary. A reporter put the number at a few hundred[2] while a leader of the group said that it encompassed a network of 3,000 supporters.[3] At a home match in 2008, a correspondent for the BBC said that the group was about 20% of the crowd. They are the most vocal in the stadium and some local fans follow their chants.[2][3]
      La Familia is proud of its Jewish identity. The group is notorious for chants that insult Arab and black players, and for displaying the flag of the banned Kach party.[2] Cheers with lines such as “death to the Arabs”[4] and “Muhammad is a homosexual”[5] are common. Unlike other top clubs in the country, no Arabs have ever played for Beitar. La Familia has continuously raised strong objections to any Arab transfers.[6] The group was adamantly against the signing of Nigerian Muslim (who lasted half a season in 2005) and the 2013 transfer of two Chechnyan Muslims.[7]
      The team has roots in the Betar Zionist youth movement and has been supported by several Israeli politicians on the political right throughout its history. La Familia has similarly been labeled far-right and is openly against those they view as being on the left.[4][8] The club has publicly condemned the group and has gone as far as barring it from a match.[7] Some Beitar fans have expressed embarrassment over the organization and openly oppose their ideals.[9][7]

      • Incidents
      During a December 2007 Toto Cup semifinal game between Beitar Jerusalem and the Israeli-Arab team Bnei Sakhnin, Beitar Jerusalem fans took up provocative chants that insulted Muhammed. The Israel Football Association (IFA) punished Beitar by forcing them to play their next game against Sakhnin with no fans present. Vandals set fire to the IFA’s offices and left graffiti threatening the life of the IFA chairman. The graffiti included the initials “LF” for La Familia, but the group denied involvement.[10][11]
      Beitar was disciplined in 2008 after fans disrupted a minute of silence to mark the death of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Later that year La Familia led a pitch invasion in what would have been a title-clinching win against Bnei Herziliya. The IFA deducted two points from Beitar and ordered that the next game be played behind closed doors.[12] In December 2011, fans yelled “Give Toto a banana”[2] towards Nigerian-born Toto Tamuz. The IFA again punished Beitar with a two-point deduction and another game in an empty stadium.
      Supporters stormed the Malha Mall after a match in March 2012 while chanting racist slurs. It was reported that Arab workers were harassed and beaten.[6]
      The club’s 2013 signing of two Chechnyan Muslims, Dzhabrail Kadiyev and Zaur Sadayev, raised anger from the supporters. Members of La Familia set a team office blaze after the announcement.[7] Fans walked out of a match in March that saw Sadayev score his fist goal for Beitar.[13]
      [REFERENCES]
      [EXTERNAL LINKS]

      SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

    • ● P.P.S. FROM WIKIPEDIA AS OF 1/25/14 [Betar]:

      (EXCERPT) The Betar Movement (בית”ר, also spelled Beitar) is a Revisionist Zionist youth movement founded in 1923 in Riga, Latvia, by Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky. Betar has been traditionally linked to the original Herut and then Likud political parties of Israel, and was closely affiliated with the pre-Israel Revisionist Zionist splinter group Irgun Zevai Leumi. It was one of many right-wing movements and youth groups arising at that time out of a worldwide emergence of fascism.[1] Some of the most prominent politicians of Israel were Betarim in their youth, most notably Prime Ministers Yitzhak Shamir and Menachem Begin, the latter of whom idolized Jabotinsky.[2]. . .
      . . . The group initially praised Mussolini for his anti-communism and fascist principles, leading it to adopt the black uniform shirt of Italian fascism for a short period. Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, however, was seen as “cowardly” by Betar and led them to break with him shortly after.[12] . . .

      SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

      ● P.P.P.S. ALSO SEE: “The Hidden History of Zionism”, Chapter 6, by Ralph Schoenman

      [EXCERPT] . . . Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own Fascist bands.
      When Menachem Begin became chief of Betar, he preferred the brown shirts of the Hitler gangs, a uniform Begin and Betar members wore to all meetings and rallies – at which they greeted each other and opened and closed meetings with the fascist salute. . .

      SOURCE – link to marxists.de

      ● P.P.P.P.S. RE: “Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own Fascist bands.” ~ from the Wikipedia excerpt above
      • SEE WIKIPEDIA [Blackshirts] – link to en.wikipedia.org
      • AND SEE THIS VIDEO – Mussolini in Color : The Blackshirts [VIDEO, 02:24] – link to youtube.com

  14. just says:

    MK writes:

    “It was common practice for them to have a moment of silence before each game for dead Palestinians.”

    I think it’s entirely fitting that they remember their brethren who have been murdered in the ongoing Nakba. Hell’s bell’s, you have an entire industry devoted to the Holocaust that leaves out millions of “others” who perished so terribly.

    Go Palestino! Such great news. Celebrate your heritage and ignore the rabble rousers!

  15. Mike_Konrad says:

    To tree (whose post did not have a reply option)

    Your translation: “Although we have made it to the playoffs… we will never abandon you, Hamas!”

    What does making it to the playoffs have to do with abandoning (or not) the ruling party in Gaza??? This is a totally illogical meshing of the two clauses.

    Notice that the word Hamás. They talk about intifada, about a club true to the Palestinian bloodline. About being the most radical of Palestino fans. Hamás seems in context.

    It seems like shachalnur’s translation makes much more sense here:

    “Even if we reach the playoffs, we will never abandon you!”

    Again, your statement makes no sense either. If someone reaches the playoff, they would not be abandoned anyway, so why even state it? On the other hand, reaching a playoff gives a team the air of respectability. So they would be saying, even if they gain respectability, they would never abandon Hamás.

    …referring to the team, not to the political party, with a simple misspelling of “jamas”.

    I do not see it in the context of the video. The video is a political video.

    I admit my Spanish is NOT top notch, but in context, I think I am right on this.

    They spell INTIFADA right on the video. Can Hamas be that far off?

    And please explain why you keep adding that non-existent comma.

    I tried to edit it out, but I ran out of time.

    Look at the video again. Hamás is on a different line for emphasis. They call themselves the most radical of the Baisanos [Pasestino fans.]

    If there is a mistake on my part – it was not intentional; but that is a big if.

    This connection is seen by others

    link to twitter.com

    Ariel Kanievsky

    El Club Deportivo Palestino utiliza el mapa de Israel en su camiseta oficial. Son los voceros de Hamás en Chile

    ==========================

    Soccer Club Palestino uses the map of Israel in its official jersey. They are the spokesmen of Hamas in Chile

    Okay, maybe Ariel Kanievsky has a bias, but I have seen other sites which give substantial reasons to connect Christian Palestinian Chileans to Hamas.

    PALESTINO SOCCER CLUB: KICKING A POLITICAL FOOTBALL

    At first glance, Palestino’s Internet site looks like that of any other soccer team. But in its links, one can find the Fundacion Palestina Belen 2000 (Palestinian Belen Foundation 2000). According to official sources, the stated aim of the foundation (translated as “Palestine-Bethlehem 2000”) is to provide “scholarships, medical and economic aid to the Palestinian Authority.” Yet, a Chilean government source described the organization to The Media Line (TML) as a lobby. The Anti-Semitism and Racism Institute claims that this foundation is the chief fund-raising organization in Chile for the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Wealthy Palestinians from the Chilean community support the fund, which publishes the monthly journal, A-Damir. In celebration of its first anniversary on June 25, 2002, the foundation organized an event, attended by more than 1,000 invitees that included ministers, Members of Parliament, clerics, army officers and judges. Minister of the Interior Jose Miguel Insulza and Government-Secretary Heraldo Muoz both posed for a photograph, wearing a kafiyah decorated with a map depicting a Palestinian state that encompassed land that today is the entire state of Israel.

    A Chilean source connected to the Chilean Intelligence Agency (CIA) told TML that this particular fund managed to collect $6m in one year, but that the funds do not always find their way to needy Palestinians. Instead, much of the money goes to charities identified with Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist organization. According to the source, many of the fund’s activists are themselves members of another terror group – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The CIA said that it has information concerning the trail of money from the foundation to Hamas, but declined to provide specifics.

    I admit my Spanish is far from fluent, but I think I can defend Hamás as an interpretation. When I was translating the video, I considered these things.

  16. kalithea says:

    Balsy move. Every time someone says no to Zionists…an angel gets its wings!

  17. Vacy says:

    The Zionist (JNF) Jewish National Fund’s blue box for donations towards ethnic cleansing also have the complete outline of Palestine on the outside of the box suggesting all of Palestine is Israel. Where’s the uproar to have them banned?

    • Talkback says:

      Palestino is promoting extremist ideologies based on the denial of Israel — for this reason it will be difficult for the Jewish community to restore the good relations that once existed between the two communities.

      Promote extremist ideologies based on the denial of Palestine – in short “Zionism” – instead and the “Jews against history” as well as “Jews for good relations with others” will do their best (in association with “Jews for spherical soccer balls and rectangular goals”)

  18. Yani says:

    This is good…

    The West Wing – Holy Land Map

  19. Talkback says:

    It just hit me that they are even using Arabic numerals on their jersey. Why doesn’t “Jews for numerals” interfere?