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An Israeli Soccer Team’s Toxic Fan Base

The Rise and Fall of Beitar Jerusalem

None of this is out of character for one of the most toxic fan bases in world soccer, with a rap sheet that includes beatings, stabbings and continual displays of overt racism. The songbook from the stands is spine-chilling: “Death to Arabs,” “May your village burn” and celebrations of mass murderer Baruch Goldstein and Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin Yigal Amir. But how did Beitar Jerusalem become this way?