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Published Sunday 25/03/2012 (updated) 26/03/2012 20:40
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israeli police have opened an investigation into the actions of soccer fans who chanted racist slogans and reportedly spat at Arabs after a match last week, they said on Sunday.

Flush with victory after their team won a match, hundreds of supporters of Israel's Beitar Jerusalem poured into a shopping mall near the club's stadium to sing, dance and chant "Death to Arabs".

News of the incident, which occurred on Monday, began to emerge in the Israeli media only on Friday, along with a YouTube video of the frenzy and reports that some of the fans spat at Palestinian women and children in the food court and attacked Palestinian workers who came to their aid.

No arrests were made at the time, police said, because none of the Palestinians would file a complaint when officers arrived to restore order in the Malha mall.

Faced with mounting public criticism for failing to take anyone into custody, police announced on Sunday they had opened an investigation and would examine closed-circuit TV footage to try to see if anyone was attacked.

On Friday, a YouTube video emerged showing a portion of the incident at Malha Mall.



According to the US-based website Electronic Intifada, the clip shows fans dressed in Beitar colors shouting "death to the Arabs" in Hebrew.

Beitar Jerusalem fans are notorious in Israel for their anti-Arab leanings and racist insults hurled at Palestinian players on opposing teams.

Around twenty percent, or 1.3 million people, of Israel's population are of Palestinian origin.

They are largely the descendants of Palestinians that managed to remain during the 1948 war, when an estimated 700,000 were expelled from or fled their homes during fighting that would see the establishment of the state of Israel.

Rights groups say that Israelis of Palestinian origin face discrimination in employment, education and public funding within Israel.
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1 ) Robert / US
25/03/2012 17:08
BOYCOTT RACIST ISRAEL. SUPPORT BDS. WORLDWIDE

2 ) Julie / USA
25/03/2012 18:09
every single israeli who participated in this racist mob is a very dangerous security threat to all arabs around the world. lock up all these racist, aggressive pigs!!! any less action is supporting terrorism!!!

3 ) Julie / USA
25/03/2012 18:14
additionally, Beitar soccer team should be dissolved immediately since it promotes and incites such racist terrorism as seen in the video. if this were any other group of people shouting "death to israelis", the world would react with maximum punishment.

4 ) carine / UK
25/03/2012 20:41
Well, better late than not at all. It can't be said that no-one can be identified - they're all on camera - so punish every one of them for incitement and racism. BTW - where are all the usual pro-Israel appologists - nothing to say on this? Your silence speaks volumes...

5 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
25/03/2012 22:36
Will the Palestinians ever investigate anti-Jewish racism? For example, last month there was clear tv footage of Palestinians hurling rocks at Jewish cars near Beit Omar, trying to kill the drivers and their passengers. Unlike the Israelis who will eventually charge some of the Beitar hooligans, the Palestinian hooligans of Beit Omar will be hailed as heroes. Oh yea, why were settlers driving there? Just where is that separate road system for the settlers? It doesn't exist, of course...

6 ) Arnold / Canada
25/03/2012 23:34
Noone got beat up or killed. This was mouthing off at one another about a soccer game. Have you ever seen the aftermath of EU soccer games. Riots and people getting beat up badly. Meanwhile in Egypt they have had to cancel soccer games because at least 25 people were killed as a result of hooliganism.

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
25/03/2012 23:42
Fairly comic. The Israelis have 'opened an investigation.' This is a hooter.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
25/03/2012 23:43
To Carine #4 '.To Carine #4 'Well, better late than not at all. It can't be said that no-one can be identified - they're all on camera - so punish every one of them for incitement and racism'' You must be new to this. You're not familiar with the famous Israeli 'investigation.' A word of advice: don't hold your breath waiting to see if anyone actually goes to jail.

9 ) @ carine /uk #4 / USA
25/03/2012 23:48
Well said carine.

10 ) Robby / USA
26/03/2012 04:42
I'm an Israeli supporter and I've already stated "If this is true it is disgraceful and wrong. I'm ashamed." Unlike some of the anti-Israel crowd here that tried to defend that punk killer in Toulouse or the killers of the Fogels.

11 ) Mubeen / England
26/03/2012 05:15
I wonder if any of these lads have the guts to try this with another actual European hooligan football firm, they'd get a pasting' especially when there isn't gonna be any IDF about.

12 ) Tim / Uk
26/03/2012 12:20
They are nothing but punks and the police looking into this,dream on. The victims are not jews.this happens everyday in Israel,crimes against non jews don't get investigated.when you have the help of the police and the idf which is a joke,doing the same thing that this punks did. Let them try doing anything with out the protection of the police or idf, they can't.

13 ) Colin Wright / USA
27/03/2012 02:50
To Mubeen #11 'I wonder if any of these lads have the guts to try this with another actual European hooligan football firm, they'd get a pasting' especially when there isn't gonna be any IDF about.' That is a pleasant thought. Actually, didn't the mop men chase the first few hooligans off? Israel's finest had to come back in strength.

14 ) Deborah / USA
27/03/2012 06:35
"Will the Palestinians ever investigate anti-Jewish racism?" One sign of maturity as a nation-state is when you admit your society has problems and your police are reinforcing the problem. We went through this in the American south throughout much of the 20th c. This is what a racist society that will not own up to its racism looks like; it's very familiar to every American who knows anything about US history.

15 ) Business / Israel
27/03/2012 06:48
@11: ok you win the battle of soccer hooligans and that is the whole point. These are a few soccer hooligans. Do you really judge the uk by a few dozen soccer delinquents? Then the uk is 10,000 times worse. And Mubeen, there is always gonna be the IDF about. We learned that lesson.
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