How a Soccer Match Showcased the Cheapest Kind of Israeli Patriotism

The transformation of a competitive human contest (between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Bnei Sakhnin) into a national confrontation is a low, cynical move, based on shaky factual ground.

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It’s only rarely that one has an opportunity to see fallacious nationalism in action. Not only live, but taking the fast lane, under laboratory conditions, running the gamut from A to Z. It then turns out that...