Fans shout at Betar Jerusalem match 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein sent a letter to the owner of the Beitar
Jerusalem team last night to inform of his decision regarding the ‘serious and
worrying outbreak of overt hatred and racism from certain Beitar Jerusalem fans’
over the addition of two Muslim players to the team.
that the decision was made following his meeting with Police Insp.-Gen. Yohanan
Danino, State Attorney Moshe Lador, the director-general of the Sports Ministry
and other senior law enforcement and sports officials.
those assembled that “such racism was fit to be fought against in every arena
that it raises its ugly head.”
The attorney-general said that he had
instructed the police to continue to aggressively combat the
He said sanctions would be used and actions taken, such as
banning those who indulge in racist behavior from all sporting events – not only
the particular game during which they acted in a racist manner – as well as
stopping games midway, detentions, arrests, and the initiation of full criminal
proceedings, in addition to adapting the legislation to be stricter, to better
Weinstein is to receive a progress report on regarding
the situation in three months time.
In an attempt to redeem the
reputation of Beitar Jerusalem supporters, a handful of fans plan to run in the
Jerusalem Marathon on February 22, holding signs reading “Stop Racism!” “You
can’t tarnish a large group of fans because of the actions of a handful of
people,” said Liad Niv, who initiated the idea.