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June 11, 2013 1:26 pm

Arabs Voice Anger Over German Soccer Team’s Show of Solidarity With Israel

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Kiryat Eliezer Stadium in Haifa, Israel during a soccer match. Photo: wiki commons.

Many Arabs were unhappy with the German under-21 soccer team’s choice to include the phrase “we feel at home” in Hebrew on their warm-up jerseys during a match at the UEFA under-21 championship being held currently in Israel, and they took to social media sites to voice their anger, the Elaph online newspaper reported Tuesday.

According to a translation provided by anonymous pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon, Elaph wrote:

“There was a state of anger and extreme indignation among Arabs and Palestinians on websites and social networks, especially Facebook and Twitter, because this move was ‘provocative’ to the feelings of the victims and the wounded and injured by the brutality and racism of the Israeli occupation forces.”

The activists said that Germany was trying to further atone for Nazi crimes  with the gesture.

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  • Tom

    what have we done now…?

    Oh right. We have a football team. Sorry about that guys.

  • Rut Sliwi

    How can it be racism? Jews and Arabs are the same race! Semites. To boot, they are brothers albeit half brothers through the father Abraham! As to Israelis being “occupying forces”, I would say that the King of Jordan is the “occupying force” in what used to be Eastern Palestine dedicated by the UN to the inhabitants of a former Turkish province of Palestine. Remove the King and you have a home for Palestinians who should move in since at present the Palestinians are not allowed into Jordan and the majority of the people in Jordan are Palestinians but cannot have a Jordanian citizenship. There will never be peace until the King of Jordan participates as he should or should be forced.