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May 4, 2015 8:13 pm

Major Jewish Group Accuses Popular Soccer Website Goal.com of ‘Inciting Jew-Hatred’

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Goal.com referred to the Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv as an "occupied Palestinian territories Zionist team." Photo: Maccabi Tel Aviv FC official website.

Major Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Monday sharply criticized popular soccer news site Goal.com for “denying the legitimacy of Israel and inciting to Jew-hatred” in its Arabic language versions, The Algemeiner has learned.

In a sharp letter to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Center’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, drew attention to articles on the site that refer to Israel as the “Zionist entity” or an “enemy,” and accuse the Jewish state of “occupation.” One report about Israel’s defeat in a match said “this is the first Zionist loss in the play-offs” while another article mentioned Wales “defeating the Zionist entity team of the City of Haifa in the occupied territories.”

In the letter, addressed to UEFA President Michel Platini, Samuels said, “‘Zionist entity’ is deemed as denying the legitimacy of the State of Israel and the very right to sovereignty of the Jewish people.” He added, “calling Haifa, Tel Aviv and Beersheba occupied territories, in effect deletes all of Israel from the map.”

One particularly offensive article on Goal.com celebrated how the “occupied Palestinian territories Zionist teams, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hapoel Beersheba” were unable to play in the summer of 2014 due to “Palestinian Hamas shelling.” One story noted that Bosnian player Edin Dzeko would not participate in the Euro 2016 qualifier against “the Zionist enemy” in the “Arab city of Jerusalem.”

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The website boosts a “global constituency” of 64 million fans, Samuels noted in his letter. He argued that the offensive language against Israel violates Goal.com’s online Terms of Message and Content Use, which forbids expressions that are “threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, offensive, pornographic, profane, sexually explicit or indecent [language]…promotes violence,… discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age…likely to harass, upset, embarrass or alarm any other person.”

Multiple appeals to Goal.com’s London headquarters have not been answered, Samuels said. He explained that a similar complaint to the sports network Eurosport resulted in immediate action by the pan-European company. At the time, the Head of International Media Relations at Eurosport said the site’s “editorial policy is not to express any political or religious views and this is a standard we intend to maintain.”

“Mr. President, these words are the very hallmark of the beautiful game and we urge UEFA’s support in ensuring that Goal.com take the necessary measures for its Arabic website to act in a similar manner,” Samuels wrote, referring to Eurosport’s decision. “Keep politics and religion out of the beautiful game.”

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  • When the Pope addressed both Houses of Parliament on Erev Yom Kippur, the time was changed to enable Jewish members of Parliament to have time to prepare for Yom Kippur. H M Govt and the Pope took into account the Jewish faith. When an Israeli team was scheduled to play an English team in London on Shabbos, there were complaints from Anglo-Jewry, and the game started a few hours later than scheduled, BUT still on Shabbos. If being part of a football system means showing disrespect to Judaism, we must think carefully about our priorities. The Israeli Govt should require Israeli teams not to play matches on Shabbos.

  • The most important significance of the Arab attitude is that they refer to Tel Aviv and Haifa as being in ‘occupied’ Palestine. To the Arab world the entire State of Israel is ‘occupied Palestine’, and from the ‘River [JOrdan] to the [Med} Sea’ means there will be no Jewish state. Many Western anti-Semites try their hardest to avoid admitting this is the Arab view. In 1948 and 1967 Nasser and other Arab leaders spoke of driving Israel into the Sea, not of accepting the 1948 borders.

  • Let’s build a Hebrew Meganation and have our own “Soccer Club”

    Let’s build a Hebrew Meganation and have our own “Soccer Club” Called Temple of Solomon

  • Monty Pogoda

    I still say “may all anti-semites drown in their own blood.

  • SARA RIFKA

    I GUESS THEY CAN SAY WHAT THEY CHOSE AS WE DO…GOYEM DO NOT COUNT ANYMORE……GROWING UP WITH PEACEFUL THOUGHTS HAVE CONCLUDED TO NO THOUGHTS AT ALL ON A HIGHER LEVEL……TREATING THY NEIGHBOUR AS WE WANT IS A GIVEN, GOODNESS IS A GIVEN AS G-D STATED ‘ ”’ AND , IT IS GOOD’, AFTER CREATION…..BUT, WE ARE CHATTING ABOUT THE BAD, THE BAD THAT IS GETTING WORSE……THE WORSE THAT CAN LIKE AN ELASTIC EXPAND AND GO )&)__&…..THIS IS WHERE WE DO NOT BEND.
    HATRED
    discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age…likely to harass, upset, embarrass or alarm any other person.”
    AND, YOU BELIEVE THAT THIS ARTICLE WILL HEAL……I DON’T THINK SO…….TOO MANY THINGS OF HATRED HAVE OCCURRED IN THE RECENT TIME TO WHITE WASH THE ANGER, HATRED AND SIMPLY NOT CARING ANYMORE IS AT THE STARTING GATE…….
    ALL THESE NOTES DO IS SIMPLY ALLOW MYSELF AND OTHERS TO CLOSE AND SEAL DOORS……PITY THEM FOR THIS CLOSURE AS ONLY HASHEM KNOWS WHAT THIS ACTION WILL DO IN THE LONG RUN…..
    HUGGING OUR KIDS IS MOST IMPORTANT…..TEACHING THEM TO BE GOOD JEWS……..THAT HAVE NO NEED OF A GENTILE WORLD OR A WORLD OF SODOM.

  • Donald Krausz

    I have just returned from a March of the Living tour of Poland. We visited a few of the +/- 42,000 murder and concentration camps including Auschwitz – Birkenau where an estimated one million, one hundred thousand men, women and children were murdered through indescribably cruel methods.

    They were victims of racial hatred. The utterances of Goal.com in disseminating similar hatred makes it complicit to this, the greatest crime in human history.

  • Adele Gauer

    International Soccer would be much the poorer without ISRAELI soccer teams playing. It should be noted that ISRAELI teams have ISRAELI Arabs playing on their teams.
    I would love to see an outpouring of sportsmanlike support for ISRAELI teams and support for the matches in which the Israeli teams play coming from the international Soccer/football teams and their players and organizations

    • kris kristian

      South Africa sent a senior member of ANC on a “fact finding” mission about Israeli sports and soccer.
      When we heard about this “fact finding” mission, we already knew what the”facts” would be.
      This person said that the conditions in Palestine are worse than even in the old apartheid days. The picture which appeared in the press, showed him standing with the head of Palestine socccer, in Ramala, in front of “the wall” which gave the impression that the Palestinians are really suffering at the hands of Israel.
      No mention was made of the reason for the wall.
      he came to Palestine at the invitation of the Palestinian soccer chief who wants Israel banned from all international
      sports.
      Of course, no mention was made of the Arabs who are members of the Israeli soccer teams.
      The PA is going all out to destroy Israel on the international scene as this is the only way that they can “win”
      I hope that FIFA will tell the PA to stop their nonsence. Unfortunately, by this South African making such comments, really plays into the hands of the PA.
      The South African Jew haters will now work on this and make Israel look bad.

  • Give ’em Wine And Circus

    The mind game, that makes complicity, by the Esau Pottage Bowl.

  • 10

    GOD DAY IS SUNDAY SABBATH SHUL AND THE JEWS AND OTHER PEOPLE WILL KNOW BUT THE LORD PEOPLE STAY AT FRIDAY NIGHT SUNSET AND SATURDAY SHABBAT SYNAGOGUE.

  • Leo Toystory

    Stop worrying about this kind of thing and start figuring out how to rid the world of this plague of muhammadans spreading ignorance and violence over our planet.

  • Antisemitism is part of Muslim DNA.

  • TED WEISS

    force that website down hack it

    • Wolff Bachner

      Ted, the time is coming when the response to the words of hate relentlessly directed at the Jewish people will longer be peaceful. We can only take so much death and abuse at the hands of the Jew haters before some of our people can no longer contain their anger and they respond with terrible violence.

      I am not condoning or advocating the idea of attacking people for their Jew hate and 1900 years of continuous abuse and genocide, but how long can people be asked to forget and forgive? The Jewish people have been targeted for mindless hate since the days of the Babylonians. When does it stop?

      I fear for the world when some of our people lose control and I also fear it is inevitable.

      • Wolff Bachner

        make that “no longer be peaceful.”

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