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SOCCER: Israeli soccer club renames itself Beitar Trump Jerusalem

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An Israeli soccer club has renamed itself after US President Donald Trump. Beitar Trump Jerusalem announced the name change on the eve of the formal opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem.

DW – Israeli top-flight soccer team Beitar Jeruslaem announced on Sunday that it would rename itself after US President Donald Trump.

The club said in a statement that the move came as a thank you for Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The US is slated to formally open its new embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel.

“For 70 years Jerusalem has been awaiting international recognition, until President Donald Trump, in a courageous move, recognized Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel,” the club said in a statement. “President Trump has shown courage, and true love of the Israeli people and their capital, and these days other countries are following his lead in giving Jerusalem its rightful status.”

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70 שנה המתינה ירושלים להכרה בינלאומית, עד שהנשיא דונלד טראמפ החליט לעשות מעשה והכיר בה כבירת הנצח של עם ישראל.
בית”ר ירושלים, מהמותגים הירושלמים הבולטים ביותר, החליט לגמול לנשיא על אהבתו, ומעתה תיקרא קבוצת המנורה “בית”ר ‘טראמפ’ ירושלים”.
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Beitar Jerualem is perhaps best known internationally for its contingent of ultras fans who make up the so-called nationalist La Familia group. Those supporters openly express their hatred of Arabs and praise the fact that Beitar Jerusalem is the only club in the Israeli top division to have never had an Arab player on its books. The club has tried, unsuccessfully, to quell their fans’ racist behavior, having faced several fines and sanctions for the supporters’ behavior.

The Beitar Jerusalem’s fan’s tattoo reads: “I have set watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day nor night.”

Jerusalem set for US embassy opening ceremony

Trump broke with several decades of US Middle East policy last December by formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The move prompted outrage among Palestinians and other Arab nations, and led to several protests and clashes in and around the Israeli-occupied territories. Palestinians see the East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Trump will not be attending the Jerusalem embassy opening on Monday. He will instead speak to ceremony attendees via video link. Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, as well as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, will be among the US delegates in attendance.

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: May 13, 2018 at 04:42PM

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