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    The Palestinian national soccer team played its first match at its new West Bank stadium. The Palestinians tied Jordan, 1-1, at the 6,500-seat stadium in al-Ram, near Jerusalem. FIFA, the international soccer federation, financed the construction of the stadium. The Palestinian squad, which has been affiliated with FIFA for a decade, has hosted international games… More ▸

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    A joint Israeli-Palestinian team is in Australia to compete in an international Australian Rules football tournament. The 26-man “peace team” — 13 Israelis and 13 Palestinians aged 16 to 36 — conducted a sports clinic Thursday in Sydney for 160 Muslim, Jewish, Aboriginal and Christian youth. The team, an initiative of the Peres Center for… More ▸

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    A British soccer team threatened to boot a match in Malaysia unless visas are granted to its Israeli members. Chelsea official Peter Kenyon said Thursday that an upcoming tour of Asia could be canceled unless the visa problem is corrected, Israel Radio reported. A Chelsea player, Tal Ben Haim, and coach Avram Grant are from… More ▸

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    An Australian soccer player who dressed up as Adolf Hitler apologized for offending the Jewish community. German-born Andre Gumprecht, 33, who plays for the Central Coast Mariners, said he was devastated by his “big mistake.” He wore the costume for an end-of-season party. “I’m educated, I know what happened to the Jewish people,” Gumprecht told… More ▸

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    A Melbourne man was arrested for allegedly stalking the victim of an anti-Semitic attack. The victim, Menachem Vorchheimer, was attacked in 2006 by a group of Australian Rules soccer players. Victoria Police arrested the alleged stalker, in his 40s, who is also expected to be charged with sending offensive mail to Vorchheimer that apparently included… More ▸