Ron Torossian in the Algemeiner points out the media double standards surrounding the story that ‘racist’ supporters of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team (most of whom hail from Arab and Muslim lands) are objecting to Muslim players : why does the press not ask where are the Jewish players in Arab or Muslim soccer?
(…) There is another story receiving extensive media coverage, both
inside and outside of Israel about the possibility of two Muslim
athletes joining the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team. Fans of the team are
loudly protesting the possibility of Muslims joining the team – they
held signs this weekend at a game reading “Beitar will be pure forever”
and they reportedly shouted anti-Muslim slogans. Of course, it was
headline news in every Israeli newspaper.
It is quite clear that the behavior of those fans is not
representative of the Jewish State. That said, why is there no media
coverage of the lack of Jews or Israelis on Arab soccer teams? Or about
the fact that the Jewish state has so many Arab soccer teams. Where is
the feature article on how an Israeli (soccer player or not) setting
foot in most Arab countries would be putting his life in danger? Once
again, it is a one-way street paved solely with Israeli and Jewish
While ESPN dubbed Beitar fans “the most dangerous fans” in Israeli
soccer, one wonders how an Israeli player might be treated on a Muslim
team in Iran, or an Arab team in Yemen? They would be lynched of course –
The spectacle would make Beitar fans look like kindergarten children,
and the Jewish player would not make it out of the stadium alive.