Jerusalem soccer fans chant racist slogans, assault woman


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Fans of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team marched through Jerusalem chanting racist slogans and reportedly beat a woman a month after allegedly attacking Arab workers at a shopping mall.

The fans marched from Sacher Park to Teddy Stadium on Sunday for a game against Hapoel Acre. They reportedly beat a 50-year-old Israeli woman who objected to the anti-Arab chants, which included "Death to the Arabs," Haaretz reported.

Police reportedly have opened an investigation into the assault, which included knocking the woman on the head with a pole from a team flag and spitting at her.

Last month, hundreds of Beitar Jerusalem fans chanting anti-Arab slogans allegedly assaulted Arab workers at a Jerusalem mall following a game. Sixteen fans were arrested; six were banned from future games.

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