Israeli soccer team wants to add Trump to its name
Israeli soccer club Beitar Jerusalem says it wants to add “Trump” to the team’s name to honor the U.S. President for moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The club made the announcement on its Facebook page Sunday, one day ahead of the official opening of the new embassy in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood.
“The chairmen of the club, the owner Eli Tabib and the executive manager Eli Ohana have decided to add to the club’s title the name of the American President who made history, and from now on will be called Beitar Trump Jerusalem,” the club wrote.
“For 70 years has Jerusalem been awaiting international recognition, until President Donald Trump, in a courageous move, recognized Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. President Trump has shown courage, and true love of the Israeli people and their capital, and these days other countries are following his lead in giving Jerusalem its rightful status,” it added.
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The name change is not yet official, as it requires approval from the Israel Football Association and also faces a potential legal hurdle: Donald Trump has been a registered trademark in Israel since 2008, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Despite its success as a six-time Israeli league champion, Beitar is no stranger to controversy. The club, currently in second place in the country’s premier league, has been repeatedly penalized for its contingent of hard-core fans, known as “La Familia,” which frequently chants anti-Arab and anti-Muslim slogans during matches.
Beitar said earlier this year that it is cracking down on its racist fans, according to the Times of Israel.