Tonight’s season finale showed the extreme racism of some of the fans of the Israeli football (soccer) club Beitar towards Arabs. These fans call themselves El Familia.
The narration of the piece repeated many elements of Zionist propaganda:
- Israel’s been fighting for its survival since 1948.
- The wall (the show calls it by the Zionist propaganda term “barrier”) is built to prevent Palestinian attacks on Jews.
- The Israeli “Arabs” are caught in the middle of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
The piece gave no context to the El Familia’s racism. It was as if the only manifestation of racism towards non-Jews in Israel was El Familia. The fact is, El Familia simply reflects the policies of successive Israeli governments since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.
Nevertheless, I’m sure ESPN and E60 will receive a lot of crap from people who hate that anything negative be broadcast in the United States about Israel. And I hope the reality of the footage and the interviews will help the reader navigate the fog the piece’s narration produced.
P.S. It’s now available online.