sign that racism is spreading in the country, the management of Hapoel Hedera
separated the Arab players from the Jewish player during practice for the
childrens football practice.
of the fact that accepting the Arabs children, who are residents of Um El
Fahem, came as an attempt to rectify the injustice that these children suffer
from, since they dont have sport fields in their city that fit their
activities. The fact that the parents of the Jewish children requested the
separation between the Arabs and Jews shows a pattern of racist thought
process, and it gives racial discrimination legitimization.
context, The Coalition Against Racism asked the chairmen of the Israeli
football association, the management of Hapoel Hedera, and other teams to work
towards integrating Arab players into their teams, in addition, The Coalition
requested that the matter be investigated and to give proper punishment.
Nidal Othman, director of The Coalition Against Racism, stated that the
separation is a sad thing to witness, imagining Arab children practicing next
to Jewish children, without them being able to interact with each other. This image emphasizes that
discrimination is not an insignificant or unusual, but a state that requires
Att. Othman also said: what is worse than this
image, is the quite surrounding the issue, we have not heard one comment from
any of the members of management, or even the press.
He also stated: "the football fields and
any sport field for that matter, should be a prime example for shared living
and partnership, football is a game that all children have in common, we cant
have a game bring them together, only to have racist ideas separating them.