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Chilean Team Accused Of ‘Fomenting Terrorism’ After Replacing All Number 1′s On Their Kit With Little Maps Of Palestine (Photo)

By Chris Wright


A Chilean team originally founded by Palestinian immigrants back in 1920 have been accused of “fomenting terrorist intent” after choosing to swap all the number ’1′ digits on the back of their strip with silhouettes of the former Palestinian map before the disputed territory became Israeli land.

Now, at this point it’s probably worth mentioning that Pies freely admit to knowing or understanding next to nothing about the Palestine/Israeli conflict – so forgive any political bias we may haphazardly appear to be displaying here – believe us, it’s entirely unintentional.

Anyway, Deportivo Palestino have been called out by Chile’s Jewish contingent over their choice of numbering, with the JTA reporting that the president of the Chilean Jewish community, Gerardo Gorodischer, is demanding an apology from the club and has also asked the Chilean FA to ban the shirts, while the Simon Wiesenthal Center (a global Jewish human rights organisation) have also contacted the Chilean FA in an open letter to demand that Deportivo Palestino are punished for what they call “fomenting terrorist intent”.

“We know that FIFA prohibits such actions,” Gorodischer told reporters. “You cannot make a political claim and import the Middle East conflict using the platform of football, using the sport to lie and hate.”

The Palestinian Federation of Chile have already responded to the Jewish outcry, releasing a statement which read: “We reject the hypocrisy of those who blame this map but they talk about the occupied territory as disputed territory.”

By ‘eck, we’re going to stay way, way, waaaaaaay out of this one.

(Images: JTA)

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By Chris on January 8th, 2014 in Kits & fashion, Newsnow. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

14 Responses to “Chilean Team Accused Of ‘Fomenting Terrorism’ After Replacing All Number 1′s On Their Kit With Little Maps Of Palestine (Photo)”

  1. Matt Palmer says:

    How can the silhouette of a country on the back of your shirt be “using the sport to lie and hate”

    Head scratcher.

  2. Phil@ghyll says:

    As they’re one eyed Zionist muppets, and it reminds them that it was someone else’s land and they worry that the world will suddenly remember that they’re doing f-all about the illegal occupation and land grabbing. Oh wait, the US will never stop propping up this proud ‘independent’ land of Zion. I mean Israel play in UEFA competitions, do they even know where Europe is?

  3. Michael says:

    You can’t really avoid politics in football since nationality plays a large part in world cups.If a number was replaced with a silhouette of Israel, would it be as badly received in the Palestinian community as this Palestine map was in the Israeli community?

  4. khalil says:

    the zionist movement(the founder of israel)used the ward terrorist to any one who jeopardize their worked parfictly all the years,untle the inernet, facebook,youtube,twiter exist.they couldint fuol people any more.thats why they lost their mind.if they are smart enogh,they should understand that you cant hide the truth any more.the game is over.

  5. SexMasterAlbino says:

    Oh my, Chris… I think you’ve brought the riff-raff, utterly naff comments by putting this in the site…

  6. SexMasterAlbino says:

    Oh my, Chris… I think you’ve brought the riff-raff, utterly naff comments by putting this in the site…

  7. Jack says:

    Would there be the same outcry if a Native American-owned team displayed their historical homeland on their shirt? This is basically the same thing. Or like, if a Chilean team associated with the indigenous Mapuche people, what if they did it?

  8. TravisKOP says:

    @Phil@ghyll: so are you insinuating that Americans or Israeli’s don’t know where Europe is?

  9. JF says:

    This team has my sympathy and respect.

  10. Dean Havens says:

    The world has grown tired of the endless “anti-semitic” epithets. It’s lost its once magical power to silence legitimate criticism. Congrats to Deportivo Palestino for standing on their principles and standing up to the Jewish thought police.

  11. Kingsland 101 says:

    Sorry, wait…what?!

    The Chilean Jewish community are demanding an apology for a football team displaying the shape of a country their homeland invaded, destroyed and still mercilessly persecutes?

    I don’t understand what’s offensive about this.

    Anyway, I was under the impression that most Jewish people living outside Israel and America are pretty mortified with Israel and it’s politics, and in fact embarassed to be associated with the country. Obviously not in Chile

  12. helhaj says:

    take about human rights look what they are doing to Palestinian in west bank and Gaza a state of terror demanding human rights that is a joke

  13. Richie says:

    This is only acceptable if they ALSO accept that indiscriminate missile attacks on Israeli civilians, bus bombings, café bombings, and the continual denial that Israel has a legitimate right to defend itself against those who seek to destroy it, is also perfectly fair.

    Doubt they’ll do that though, because its so very easy to wave a flag for Palestine when you’re about five thousand miles away in Chile.

  14. Kingsland101 says:

    @Richie Israels ‘defense’ tactics are a bit like Man City’s. At least Man City don’t spit in their opponents face while doing it, well apart from maybe Nasri.

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