'An utter disgrace'

PM slams behavior of Israeli-Arab soccer fans following report by Arutz Sheva on booing during moment of silence for teens killed in flood.

David Rosenberg,

Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu during press conference regarding the Disabled Layout. J
Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu during press conference regarding the Disabled Layout. J
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke out Sunday afternoon against fans of an Israeli-Arab soccer team, after some spectators booed during a moment of silence for the 10 Israeli teens killed during a flash flood in southern Israel last Thursday.

Last Thursday, 10 teenagers were killed while hiking in Nahal Tzafit near the Dead Sea. A flash flood hit the group of 25 hikers from the Bnei Tzion pre-army preparatory academy, Thursday afternoon, following heavy rains in the area.

During a match Saturday in the Israeli-Arab town of Sakhnin in northern Israel, some fans of the local Bnei Sakhnin team were seen booing when a moment of silence was called in memory of the victims of the flood.

Netanyahu responded to the story, first reported by Arutz Sheva, in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon, calling the behavior “an utter disgrace”.

“An utter disgrace. I expect all public leaders, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to strongly condemn this embarrassing behavior.”

Earlier on Sunday, Communications Minister Ayoub Kara (Likud), a member of Israel’s Druze community, blasted the Bnei Sakhnin fans who booed during the moment of silence, saying the behavior “seriously harms… coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Israel.”




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