Fight on Soccer Pitch After Bnei Sakhnin Defeat Beitar Jerusalem 1-0

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Galilee Arab village Sakhnin is well known for its soccer team; now a new art museum adds to the local profile.Credit: Nir Keidar

Wednesday’s Bnei Sakhnin-Beitar Jerusalem game ended in a confrontation on the pitch between players of the two soccer teams, which respectively represent Arab-Israelis and nationalist Jews.

Despite a police ban on flags, Beitar fans smuggled in Israeli flags, while Sakhnin fans snuck in Palestinian flags.

As the game, which host Sakhnin won 1-0, wound down, players began fighting. Beitar fans started yelling, “Death to Arabs,” while Sakhnin fans waved Palestinian flags and threw objects onto the pitch. Sakhnin fans were also heard yelling, “With our spirit and blood we will redeem Al-Aqsa.”

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