Civil and Human Rights

Jewish and Arab Fans Join Together to Kick Racism Out of Soccer

By New Israel Fund
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2012/13 Season - Without Violence
and Racism on the Field

The events were organized by NIF's Kick It Out (KIO) campaign in partnership with the Israel Football Association (IFA) and with the support of Israeli Police and the Ministry of Sport as well as the HAADUMIM - Hapoel Tel Aviv's Fans Association and the Bnei Sakhnin Fans Association.

The NIF campaign is currently marking 10 years of activities, during which racism in Israeli soccer has been drastically reduced. Sunday's event also attracted significant media attention in Israel including coverage in two of Israel's most popular websites, Y-Net and One.

Last Sunday's event was part of a new campaign for the 2013/14 season in which KIO Israel will encourage fans themselves to take pro-active efforts to combat racism and to prepare banners to be displayed in stadiums.

As the campaign enters a new year, a new season, and its second decade, NIF hopes to continue and strengthen its impact in fighting racism and promoting joint living between Jews and Arabs, new immigrants, and veteran Israelis.