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Israeli soccer club renames itself after US President Donald Trump

The club, Beitar Jerusalem, reportedly renamed itself ahead of the official opening of the new US embassy

Prabhjeet Sethi @SinghOfGudTimes 16 May 2018, 12:52 PM
Donald Trump recently relocated the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Donald Trump recently relocated the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem Image: AFP

One of Israel's most famous soccer clubs has renamed itself Beitar Trump Jerusalem in honour of US President Donald Trump's “courageous” decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

According to a CNN report, Beitar Jerusalem renamed itself ahead of the official opening of the new US embassy.

In a statement published on Facebook on Sunday, the club said, “For 70 years, Jerusalem has been awaiting international recognition until President Donald Trump, in a courageous move, recognised Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. President Trump has shown courage and true love of the Israeli people and their capital. The football club Beitar Jerusalem, one of the most prominent symbols of the city, is happy to honour the President for his love and support with a gesture of our own."

Beitar, a six-time Israeli league champion, is no stranger to controversy. The club's hardcore fans, known as La Familia, routinely chant anti-Arab and anti-Muslim slogans during matches, for which the team has previously been penalised.

Beitar, which has never signed an Arab player, had its offices torched in 2013 after signing two Muslim players from the Russian League club Terek Grozny, based in Chechnya.

Since announcing his decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Trump has become the namesake for a number of subjects in Israel, including parks, streets and a planned high-speed rail station near the Western Wall in the Old City.

(With inputs from PTI)

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