Shameful: Arab soccer fans boo Israeli anthem

Sakhnin fans chant 'with blood and fire, we will redeem you, O Al Aksa,' give Nazi salute during national anthem, at Beitar Jerusalem game.

Gil Ronen,

Beirat vs. Sakhnin (file)
Beirat vs. Sakhnin (file)
Flash 90

In a game against Beitar Jerusalem Monday, fans of the leading Arab soccer team in Israel, Bnei Sakhnin, were recorded chanting "with blood and fire, we will redeem you, O Al Aksa," as the rest of the stadium sang the national anthem.

A video posted to Facebook that showed the chanting was reportedly taken at the start of Monday's game. Photos showed that some of the fans performed a Nazi salute.

The game was a tense one from the outset, as in previous matches. Beitar's overwhelmingly Jewish fan base is known as fiercely nationalistic, whereas Sakhnin's Arab fans are militant Arab nationalists, and ardently pro-"Palestine." The match was supposed to be held in Jerusalem but took place in instead at the Moshava Stadium in Petakh Tikva as a punishment to Beitar, after a fan threw a torch onto the field in a previous game.

Videos from the game show Beitar fans chanting "Muhammad is dead" and "death to the Arabs" outside the stadium before the game began, amid a heavy police presence.

Seven Beitar fans were reportedly arrested on suspicion of involvement in clashes with Sakhnin fans outside the stadium during game time, and for throwing a rock.

Seven minutes into the game, the match was halted after Sakhnin fans threw a burning smoke torch onto the field. Police arrested one Sakhnin fan for allegedly throwing the torch. Two Sakhnin fans were hurt and received treatment from Magen David Adom.

Beitar Jerusalem won the game, 1-0.




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