WikiLeaks: Jordanian soccer match reveals

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December 7, 2010 13:03

Anti-Palestinian taunts at a Jordanian soccer game last year revealed an undercurrent of rarely reported ethnic tension inside the Hashemite Kingdom, according to one of the US cables released by WikiLeaks on Monday.

According to the dispatch, written on July 28, 2009 by the US charge d'affaires in Amman Lawrence Mandel, "anti-Palestinian hooliganism and slogans denigrating the Palestinian origins of both the Queen and the Crown Prince led to the cancellation of a July 17 soccer game" between two rival teams, one – Faisali – which "is the favored team of tribal East Bankers," and the other -- Wahadat – the "proxy champions" of the Palestinian Jordanians.

Faisali supporters chanted about the Palestinian origins of Queen Rania with the cheer, "divorce her you father of Hussein, and we'll marry you to two of ours,"


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