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    Eighty-five policemen reportedly were injured in Rome after clashes with soccer fans who chanted anti-Semitic slogans and held banners with swastikas. The violence occurred Sunday during a match between Lazio and Livorno. Some Lazio fans, who are known to be right-wingers, yelled “Jews, Jews” at the Livorno players, yet also yelled “Fedayeen,” referring to the… More ▸

  • Israel’s Arabs Feel Hopeful As They Prepare to Remember Their Defeats

    As Arabs throughout the region prepared to commemorate Land Day, an annual protest day in the Israeli Arab community, the mood among Israel’s one million Arab citizens rarely had been better. Viewed objectively, the situation of Arabs in Israeli society has not improved drastically, but at least they’re starting to feel that they’re being taken… More ▸

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    The coach of a top British soccer team met with young Israeli and Palestinian soccer players in Israel to promote peace. Jose Mourinho, coach of Chelsea, is on a two-day visit to Israel that included Sunday’s “peace tournament” in Ramat Gan, in which 200 Israeli and Palestinian children competed. More ▸

  • Israeli Terror Victims Visit Ireland As Irish Fans Flock to Israel for Game

    When they heard that Ireland would be playing Israel in a qualifying match for soccer’s World Cup, thousands of Irish soccer-lovers rushed to book their Easter holidays in Tel Aviv. Ireland is one of Europe’s wettest countries, so the thought of supporting the “boys in green” in a land of warmth and sunshine was too… More ▸

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    A Ukrainian Jewish director is filming a movie based on the Nazi occupation of Kiev. Director Alexander Shapiro’s “The Death Match” will tell the story of Ukrainian soccer players who were forced to play in a tournament against teams of German army servicemen during the occupation of Ukraine in World War II. More ▸

  • First Person a Child’s Exodus from Iran Remembered 25 Years Later

    It’s an unusually mild February afternoon in the waning days of the shah of Iran’s rule some 25 years ago. My family — I’m 12 years old — is at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport, eager to board the El Al plane, the sole flight leaving Iran. The airport terminal is a slab of concrete that resembles… More ▸

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    A Belgian Jewish soccer team filed a police complaint after anti-Semitic insults were hurled at players. Members of the Maccabi Brussels youth team were greeted with anti-Semitic chants on Oct. 30 when they arrived to play FC Harem, a mainly Turkish team also from the Brussels area, La Libre Belgique reported Wednesday. The referee briefly… More ▸

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    English soccer players visited Auschwitz before their World Cup qualifying game against Poland. Team captain David Beckham was among the players and coaching staff who toured the infamous concentration camp Tuesday. More ▸

  • The 2004 Olympics Jewish Athletes to Compete in Athens for Argentina and Australia

    Olympic teams from countries outside of Israel and the United States will be notably short on Jewish athletes during the Athens Games. Still, from weightliftinglifting to soccer to table tennis, several Jewish athletes will be displaying the colors of their respective countries during the competition in Greece, which gets under way Aug. 13. Following are… More ▸