Despite Shortcomings, ESPN’s E60 Reveals One Aspect of Apartheid Israel

ESPN’s E60 is an excellent sports news program. And as Dave Zirin wonderfully demonstrates, sports often reflects the underlying social structure.

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:

Ilan Pappé has recently published The Top Ten Mythologies of Israel, which will give you a much more accurate picture of Israel’s ideology of Jewish supremacism.

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.

And, like many US media pieces about Israel, it fails to mention that the United States provides $3 billion per year, plus other perks, to Israel.

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.

E:60 “BEITAR JERUSALEM” ~ JEREMY SCHAAP from Bluefoot Entertainment on Vimeo.

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