Militant Jerusalem fans challenge founding principle of Israeli foreign policy

From The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer Sun Feb 24 2013, 11:58:45

Beitar fans insist that their club remain racially pure (Source: Reuters)

By James M. Dorsey

When militant supporters of right-wing soccer club Beitar Jerusalem last month vowed to keep their team pure in protest against the hiring of two Chechen Muslim players they went beyond what are usually accepted expressions of racism in Israel to unwittingly challenge a founding principle of Israeli foreign and defense policy coined by the country's first prime minister, David Ben Gurion: the need to ally Israel with non-Arab Muslim nations to compensate historically for the lack of and more recently uncertainty of its relations with Arab neighbors.

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