Ultras Hapoel take a stand against Racism19 January 2006

Last Tuesday night the Ultras Hapoel, a supporters group of Hapoel Tel-Aviv, displayed several banners to show their stand against racism.

Ultras Hapoel unfurled ten banners saying “No to racism” in ten different
languages – Arabic, Russian, Amharic, Italian, German, French, Greek,
Turkish, English and Spanish.

Additionally they displayed a large flag with the symbol of Hapoel surronded by the symbols of six world-religions : Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism and Judaism. Above, a big banner read “No to racism” in Hebrew.

During recent years, Israeli football has been often spoiled by racist chanting at several games. Particulary parts of the supporters of Tel-Aviv´s Tuesdays opponent Beitar Jerusalem are well known to spread racist hatred against Arab players or supportes. “Death to arabs”, “Muhammad is gay” and “Burn the Arab villages” are just some of the chants regularly heard at their games.

FARE is delighted to see supporters take action against racism at Israeli football and hopes other groups will follow the example of “Ultras Hapoel”.