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  • New England Patriots’ Owner Backs Women’s Football in Israel

    Large numbers of Israelis watched the Super Bowl this week, cheering on the victorious New England Patriots and their philanthropic-minded owner, Robert Kraft. A few weeks later, they’ll be cheering on a very different football team backed by Kraft — a team of young women, many of them Orthodox Jews. Kraft does business in Israel,… More ▸

  • Initiatives Try to Fight Racism in World of European Soccer

    A celebrity soccer match may seem an odd way to commemorate the Holocaust. But in a country where militant soccer fans are infamous for using racist and anti-Semitic slurs against their opponents, the Match for Memory is seen as an important and high-profile means of fighting hate. “It is a great event that can seize… More ▸

  • The Ball is Kicked and Fans Are Too: Racism a Problem in Israeli Soccer

    Chanting “Death to the Arabs,” hundreds of young Jewish soccer fans race up a dusty side street to catch a bus carrying fans of the Arab team that had just beat theirs in a tense game. The supporters jeer even after the bus pulls away. Moments earlier, an Arab fan had been hit in the… More ▸

  • Confirming Fears, Jewish Couple Found Dead After Tsunami Disaster

    Two young Jews missing since the Southeast Asian tsunami struck have been confirmed as dead. Nikki Liebowitz, 30, of Sydney, was formally identified by her boyfriend’s cousin and brother-in-law on the Thai island of Phi Phi after a positive DNA test. The body of her boyfriend Avadya Berman, 31, also an Australian resident, was also… More ▸

  • Bill to End Family Reunifications Leads to Charges of Racism in Israel

    It began like one of those classic love affairs where nothing could stand in the way of love. Nashat Abu Yunis, then 26, a civil engineering student at Haifa’s Technion, met Ghadir, a young woman, during a visit to Nablus. The two fell in love and took an oath of marriage before a qadi, or… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Israel is protesting an Arab boycott at the Special Olympics. The Saudi indoor soccer team didn’t show up for a match against Israel, and an Algerian table tennis player failed to show up with his paddle for a match against an Israeli. More ▸

  • After Reference to His Jewishness, Spanish Ad Exec Loses His Soccer Bid

    A Spanish advertising executive has lost his campaign to become president of one of Europe’s legendary soccer teams after a rival accused him of covering up his Jewish identity. But Lluis Bassat’s Jewishness may have been less important in his failed bid to take over FC Barcelona than the prospect — mistaken in the end… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Israel granted citizenship to a foreign player on the Maccabi Petach Tikva soccer team, clearing the way for him to play on Israel’s national team. Tuesday’s move could lead the way for Morad Megamedov’s participation in an upcoming match against Slovenia this weekend, Israel Radio reported. Interior Minister Avraham Poraz said he was recognizing Megamedov… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A petition against racism in Polish soccer stadiums was presented to the president of the Polish Football Association. The petition, signed by more than 27,000 people, listed concerns over anti-Semitic abuse, neo-fascist symbols and frequent hostility to black players. More ▸