Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu mentioned the Beitar Jerusalem football (soccer) team in his remarks at the weekly Cabinet meeting. “I want to say something we want, and something we do not want: we want unity, dialogue and social cohesion. The last thing we want – that we reject completely – is violence, racism and boycotts,” he declared.
Netanyahu noted that he is a fan of Beitar Jerusalem. The team “has a wonderful community of fans, and recently we witnessed unacceptable extremism,” he said, referring to some fans’ abuse of two Muslim players recently recruited by the team.
Tensions over the inclusion of the two players hit a new high Friday with a firebomb attack on the team’s training center in Jerusalem. The attack caused serious damage to the building.