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January 11, 2013 1:41 pm

Israeli Soccer Star Target of Antisemitic Attacks

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Tal Ben Haim with West Ham United in 2010. Photo: Wikipedia.

Israeli soccer star Tal Ben Haim, who joined the Queens Park Rangers of the English Premier League last week, was the recent target of antisemitic attacks on the club’s Facebook page.

According to a report in The Sun, among the insulting comments was one from a poster who questioned how Muslim Adel Taarabt, a QPR midfielder, could “live playing alongside a Jew?”

The messages have since been deleted.

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The Sun quoted one QPR supporter as saying  on the site: “On Saturday, when Tal came on as sub and it was announced on Facebook, some comments were shocking and had nothing to do with football.

“Many of them are from Indonesia, the greater South East Asia region and the Gulf region.

“I don’t think many of them are QPR fans — they’re just here to stir their own racial s***.”

A QPR spokesman said: “We are banning all posters who post anti-Semitic comments.”

Ben Haim plays for Israel’s national team and has played for several clubs in the English premier league including Chelsea, Manchester City and Portsmouth.

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  • Eric R.

    Given the long history of anti-Semitism in Britain, plus the general hatred of Israel there, I venture that more of this hatred is coming from native, non-Muslim Brits than QPR and the British press are willing to admit.

    After all, this is a continent where fans think nothing of throwing bananas and making monkey noises at black players.