Israeli President Reuven Rivlin condemns Beitar Jerusalem fans’ racism

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin condemns Beitar Jerusalem fans’ racism

In an excerpt from a forthcoming documentary “Forever Free” on Beitar Jerusalem, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin comments on the racist behaviour of Beitar Jerusalem fans.  He reports that he said to the mayors of Jerusalem “Our silence legitimises them.  Pay attention, you are the leaders of the community and the government” and then notes that “Many times they [the mayors] disregarded that so as not to anger the crowd”.

The video includes mostly footage from 2012/13, but from minute 8.29 addresses the October 2015 disturbances.  It shows the La Familia gang chanting “death to Arabs” and searching for Arabs to attack.  Then Rivlin is quoted as saying that “The intifada brought a complete radicalisation between Jews and Arabs.  These things are not marginal. They develop and grow and as we are a conflicted society.  It is the leaders’ duty to say that this should not be allowed in sports“.

http://www.theguardian.com/news/video/2015/nov/24/beitar-jerusalem-most-racist-football-team-israel-video

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