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Not Lovin’ It: Beitar Jerusalem fans attack McDonald’s employees; retribution for West Bank boycott?

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Security camera footage via Ynet

Last week McDonald’s Israel confirmed their refusal to open a franchise in Palestinian occupied territory, and yesterday Beitar Jerusalem soccer fans broke into a McDonald’s and attacked some of their workers. Haaretz reports:

Beitar Jerusalem soccer fans are suspected of assaulting Arab workers at a McDonald’s in Jerusalem on Sunday.

McDonald’s security footage shows soccer fans trying to break into the restaurant, located in Jerusalem’s Beit Hakerem neighborhood. A group of fans are seen throwing objects and beating workers with chairs. The footage also displays the employees throwing chairs at the fans. The police arrested three suspects in the case.

There’s nothing in Haaretz’s report connecting the attack with the recent news about McDonald’s that splashed over the mainstream press a few days ago. And who could forget the rampage of hundreds of Beitar fans descending on a Jerusalem mall chanting ”Death to Arabs” back in March of 2012?

In other words this attack is not out of character for these racist soccer fans. But the timing and the location, I couldn’t help wondering if there wasn’t perhaps some sort of retribution towards McDonald’s in the minds of these Jewish radical fanatics.

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  1. just
    July 2, 2013, 3:37 pm


    Hope those arrested get punished………(probably just a itsy- bitsy chat, and a ho-hum ‘boys will be boys’)

    I only hope that McDonald’s stands strong and principled in this.

  2. American
    July 2, 2013, 3:55 pm

    ”I couldn’t help wondering if there wasn’t perhaps some sort of retribution towards McDonald’s in the minds of these Jewish radical fanatics.”

    What else would it be?

  3. seafoid
    July 2, 2013, 4:00 pm

    Betar vs McDs is global capitalism vs Zionism

    It’s global business reach vs indoctrinated Judaism

    It’s goy customer cashflow vs Jewish ideology

    Goy customer cashflow wins every time

    It’s the economy, dudes

  4. DICKERSON3870
    July 2, 2013, 5:02 pm

    RE: “Last week McDonald’s Israel confirmed their refusal to open a franchise in Palestinian occupied territory, and yesterday Beitar Jerusalem soccer fans broke into a McDonald’s and attacked some of their workers.” ~ Annie Robbins

    MY COMMENT: This sounds almost as bad as what is going on in France!

    SEE: “France’s soaring anti-Semitism lures Jewish Defense League vigilantes out of shadows”, By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 6/25/13

    [EXCERPT] PARIS (JTA) — With scooter helmets in hand, a man called Yohan and six buddies stroll around Paris’ 20th arrondissement. The seven look much like a typical group of French students — until they locate a group of Arab men they suspect of perpetrating an anti-Semitic attack the previous day.
    Using their helmets as bludgeons, members of France’s Jewish Defense League, or LDJ, set upon the Arabs and beat them. Several of the Arabs attempt to escape in a blue sedan, but the LDJ members pursue the vehicle, causing it to crash into a stone wall.
    The attack last August, filmed by a television crew shooting a documentary on LDJ, was one of at least 115 violent incidents that critics attribute to the group since its registration in France in 2001 . . .
    . . . Besides the television footage, a French court last week sentenced LDJ activist David Ben Aroch to six months in prison for an attack he staged with another LDJ member at a Paris bookstore owned by a pro-Palestinian activist.
    Aroch’s accomplice, Jason Tibi, was sentenced to four months for the attack at Librairie Resistance that sent the two victims to the hospital for days.

    It may have been a real-life demonstration of what one masked LDJ boss recently called “treatment a la Israel” during a speech at a secret training camp in France.
    The filmed address was the introduction to a LDJ propaganda clip titled “Five cops for every Jew, 10 Arabs for each rabbi.”


    • DICKERSON3870
      July 2, 2013, 5:16 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “The Raids on the Resistances Bookstore; Zionist Fanatics Practice Serial Vandalism in Paris”, by Diana Johnstone, CounterPunch, 7/06/09

      [EXCERPT] Thousands of books drenched in cooking oil – that is the latest exploit of the Zionist fanatics who regularly attack property and people in Paris and get away with it.
      In the early afternoon of Friday, July 3, five men, mostly masked, stormed into the “Resistances” bookstore located in a quiet residential neighborhood of the 17th arrondissement in northwest Paris. To the startled women working in the shop, as well as two customers, they announcing that they were from the Jewish Defense League and began ripping books off shelves and tables, dousing them heavily with cooking oil, and then smashing four computers before leaving rapidly in a waiting vehicle.
      The bookstore is owned and operated by Olivia Zemor and Nicolas Shashahani, who are also the leaders of the very active militant group CAPJPO-EuroPalestine (CAPJPO stands for Coordination des Appels pour une Paix Juste au Proche Orient). In addition to a wide collection of books on the Middle East and other subjects, including fiction, the bookstore has a reading room and a lending library, gives courses in English and Arabic, and possesses a modest but well-attended auditorium where authors are invited to speak. ”
      Two and a half years ago, on December 7, 2006, a similar attack squad threw teargas grenades into the bookstore as a crowd was gathering to listen to the late Israeli author Tanya Reinhart and her companion, the Israeli poet Aharon Shabtai. On that occasion, Shashahani had to be treated for effects from the teargas but material damage was slight. This time, the entire shop is a shambles, with countless ruined books, and damage runs to tens of thousands of euros, according to Shashahani.
      But, he stresses, this is only one in “hundreds of violent actions” carried out by the French version of the banned US Jewish Defense League in recent years. There is no reason to expect them to stop so long as they can count on indulgence on the part of French authorities and the silence of the mainstream media. The vandalism on the Resistances bookstore was reported by the French news agency AFP, but the dispatch was apparently carried only by the small tabloid Le Parisien and not by the major newspapers, much less by television. Usually, almost the only people who are informed about such events are in the politically active circles targeted for intimidation.
      The general public remains ignorant of these aggressions, while it is regularly informed by television of even relatively minor acts of anti-Semitism . . .


      • Stephen Shenfield
        Stephen Shenfield
        July 2, 2013, 8:09 pm

        Why only a few months in prison? Put them away for life. And incitement to assault is also a criminal offense. And the bookstore should demand special police protection against the terrorist organizations that threaten them.

  5. Pamela Olson
    Pamela Olson
    July 2, 2013, 5:32 pm

    They just keep jumping the shark…

  6. gingershot
    July 2, 2013, 11:22 pm

    This is an obvious ‘Pricetag attack’ against McDonalds and should be treated as a hate crime

  7. seafoid
    July 3, 2013, 12:05 am

    Imagine if those Betar fans could fight like that for Israeli education or getting the money that goes to YESHA back behind the green line.

    When TSHTF Bibi and co will shaft them. It’s so obvious.

  8. Taxi
    July 3, 2013, 6:42 am

    So now the jewish alquaida is attacking the alquaida of fast food in israel. Oy-yoy what is the middle east coming to?!

  9. Citizen
    July 3, 2013, 7:01 am

    The fans were spitting and throwing stones at the Arab players on the team:

  10. radii
    July 3, 2013, 1:55 pm

    taste that McDonald’s employees! McApartheid!

  11. iResistDe4iAm
    July 4, 2013, 11:55 pm

    Electronic Intifada, quoting a Ynet report, claims that the McDonald’s attack was targeted at Palestinian workers:

    “One of the employees, of Arab origin, stepped outside to clean the tables, as several of the fans started talking to him. Once they realized he was an Arab they started yelling ‘death to Arabs,’ ‘Muhammad the homo,’ and other slurs the mind cannot tolerate.”

    • seafoid
      July 5, 2013, 1:48 am

      “One of the employees, of Arab origin”

      They just can’t say “Palestinian”
      One of the attackers, of Khazar origin, said ..

      • Bumblebye
        July 5, 2013, 9:37 am

        Funny too, how “of Arab origin” doesn’t mean Mizrahim, only non-Jewish – another phrase which seems to be unprintable, perhaps to deflect claims of racism.

      • seafoid
        July 7, 2013, 4:17 am

        Isn’t it amazing, the framing?

    • annie
      July 5, 2013, 9:31 am

      beitar jerusalem attacks have always targeted palestinians/arabs and muslims, that is what they are known for, their racism and their ‘death to arab chants’.. or retribution for the hiring of muslims on the team (the office attack).

      i should have made more of an effort to point this out in the article, the haaretz article i linked to an all the other coverage of the attacked mentioned the beating of the ‘arab’ employees. however, i wondered if the timing and location this time was related to the mcdonald’s news trumped in the media this week.

      anyway, thanks for the comment, i added an additional sentence to the blockquote which was originally 2 paragraphs but one got edited out before publication.

  12. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka
    July 5, 2013, 1:17 pm

    That FIFA hasn’t given the Israelis the ultimatum to disband this racist club of criminals or face suspension from FIFA just shows you how weak it is.

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