Actually, they put Palestine on the back, but it’s still getting plenty of attention. The Palestine Football Club, Deportivo Palestino, based in Santiago, Chile recently redesigned their jerseys replacing the number 1 with an image of Palestine (number 11 really lucked out).
The Chilean Jewish community is freaking out. The JTA reports that the Wiesenthal center is taking its usual understated approach and has referred to the jerseys as “fomenting terrorist intent”:
“We know that FIFA prohibits such actions,” Gerardo Gorodischer, president of Chile’s Jewish community, told reporters Monday. “You cannot make a political claim and import the Middle East conflict using the platform of football, using the sport to lie and hate.”
Gorodischer is demanding an apology from the Santiago-based team, whose name in Spanish is Club Deportivo Palestino, and is asking Chile’s national soccer association to ban the shirts. . . .
On Tuesday, in a letter to the president of the Chilean National Football Association, the Simon Wiesenthal Center called for the Palestine FC to pay a penalty “for fomenting terrorist intent.”
And from the International Business Times:
“This act of smugness by the irresponsible mangers of Palestino is offensive to the whole Chilean Jewish community. It’s unprecedented,” tweeted Gabriel Zaliasnik, the former president of Chilean Jewish community (CJC).
Zaliasnik added that the shirt incited to violence and hatred, thus breaching Fifa regulations.
His successor at the head of CJC, Gerardo Gorodischer, has urged Chile’s football association to ban the shirt.
“We reject the import of the Middle East conflict in Chile,” Gorodischer tweeted.
The team was originally founded in 1920 by Palestinian immigrants to the country, and Chile now has one of the largest Palestinian communities in the world.
The JTA reports the Palestinian Federation of Chile issued a statement in response to the protest saying, “We reject the hypocrisy of those who blame this map but they talk about the occupied territory as disputed territory.”