Video: Israeli fans chant “Death to the Arabs”

Fans of Israel’s Beitar Jerusalem football team have been involved in new racist rampages, this time sparked by the signing of Gibril Kadiyev and Zaur Sadayev, two players from Chechenya. Beitar fans object on the grounds that the players are Muslim. In the video above a mob of Beitar fans rampaged at the Malha shopping mall in Jerusalem after a match against the predominantly Arab team Maccabi Umm al-Fahm on 29 January at Teddy Kollek Stadium.

The mob can clearly be heard shouting “Death to the Arabs” (mavet la’aravim), “Death to Arcadi,” (arcadi met) a reference to club owner Arcadi Gaydamak, and “A Jew has a soul and an Arab is a son of a whore” (yehudi ze neshema, ‘aravi ze ben zona).

Pro-Palestinian activists detained in Israel

Pro-Palestinian activists who organised a “flytilla” to Israel in order to travel to the West Bank and demonstrate against Israeli policies have been arrested after arriving at Ben Gurion international airport. Many members of the Welcome to Palestine campaign had already been prevented by authorities across Europe from boarding flights bound for Israel.

Racism rampant among Israeli youth

This short film documents the Israeli side of a 2011 public opinion survey in Israel and the West Bank. For this part of the survey, 5 cities were visited: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Be’er Sheba, Herzliya, and Haifa where 250 Jewish-Israelis were interviewed in Israel today.

Israeli PM’s son exhibits Islamophobia and abuses Muslims on Facebook

Like father, like son. There’s little to comment at this juncture, evidence speaks for itself.

The Israeli prime minister’s 19-year-old son — a military spokesman — posted derisive comments about Arabs and Muslims on his Facebook page, drawing a slap on the wrist from his superiors and focusing new attention on the controversial first family.

Earlier this year, Yair Netanyahu posted that Muslims “celebrate hate and death,” the Haaretz daily newspaper reported Friday. In the same post, written after Palestinian assailants entered a West Bank settlement and stabbed five members of an Israeli family to death, he wrote that “terror has a religion and it is Islam.”

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Israel’s ex-President Moshe Katsav guilty of rape

The former president of Israel, Moshe Katsav, has been convicted of rape and could go to jail. A three judge panel labeled his defense as “riddled with lies” in it’s ruling, but has not yet sentenced him. Women’s right’s groups, who have long complained that Israeli authorities shrug off sexual harassment at workplaces, welcomed the verdict. We was found guilty of raping an employee as tourism minister in the 1990s, and other sexual offenses when head of state between 2000 and 2007.