Israelis riot on soccer pitch

Beitar fans started yelling, “Death to Arabs” after Bnei Sakhnin defeats Beitar Jerusalem 1-0

The Bnei Sakhnin-Beitar Jerusalem game | Nir Keidar/Haaretz

Haaretz (Nov. 24) – Wednesday’s Bnei Sakhnin-Beitar Jerusalem game ended in a confrontation on the pitch between players of the two soccer teams, which respectively represent Arab-Israelis (Zionist name for Palestinians) and nationalist Jews.

Despite a police ban on flags, Beitar fans smuggled in Israeli flags, while Sakhnin fans snuck in Palestinian flags.

As the game, which host Sakhnin won 1-0, wound down, players began fighting. Beitar fans started yelling, “Death to Arabs,” while Sakhnin fans waved Palestinian flags and threw objects onto the pitch. Sakhnin fans were also heard yelling, “With our spirit and blood we will redeem Al-Aqsa.”

Arab-Israeli supporters of Bnei Sakhnin, light flares as they cheer on their team during their football match against the predominantly Jewish Beitar Jerusalem club at the Doha Stadium in Sakhnin, November 23, 2014 | AFP

Arab-Israeli supporters of Bnei Sakhnin, cheer on their team during their football match against the predominantly Jewish Beitar Jerusalem club at the Doha Stadium in Sakhnin, November 23, 2014 | AFP

Arab-Israeli supporters of Bnei Sakhnin, light flares as they cheer on their team during their football match against the predominantly Jewish Beitar Jerusalem club at the Doha Stadium in Sakhnin, November 23, 2014 | AFP

Arab-Israeli supporters of Bnei Sakhnin, cheer on their team during their football match against the predominantly Jewish Beitar Jerusalem club at the Doha Stadium in Sakhnin, November 23, 2014 | AFP

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