September 04, 2015

UK city council buckles to anti-Israel pressure, withdraws Israeli soccer photography exhibition

Rebel Staff

A council in Wales has been accused Friday of censorship for withdrawing an Israeli soccer photography exhibition intended to show that soccer can foster tolerance and communication between diverse communities in Israel. 

According to the Guardian, Cardiff city council buckled to pressure from anti-Israel activists and failed to ensure the separation of sport and politics following its controversial decision.

Anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrations are planned to take place when the Israeli national soccer team arrives in the Welsh capital to play Wales in a European Championship qualifier on Sunday.

The decision to remove the Israeli embassy-sponsored exhibition, entitled ‘Low football - Jewish-Arab football: diversity and co-existence through lower-league football’, which opened at Cardiff central library earlier this week to coincide with the match, reportedly came after complaints from undisclosed sources were received.

Politicians, Jewish community leaders and the Israeli embassy have all slammed the directive ordered by the left-wing Labour Party-controlled council.

Cardiff city council’s opposition leader, Liberal Democrat councillor Judith Woodman, said she is appalled and described the move as shameful.

“I can’t believe what’s happened. Sport should be non-political. This is censorship. Cardiff council has led the way in diversity and community cohesion and in the past has not bowed to the minority who complain,” she told the Guardian.

“We live in a democracy and have freedom of speech. Cardiff council has totally disregarded this. People can protest to show their views. That is democracy. To censor something is harking back to bad days.”

Hear, hear.

Also speaking to the Guardian, the Israeli embassy’s chargé d’affaires, Eitan Na’eh, said: “Tolerance towards intolerance is cowardice, and this is the unfortunate sight we witnessed in Cardiff, in the face of vile threats by a small group of thugs.”

Inspired by the lower soccer leagues in England, ’Low football’ was created by Gad Salner and Vadim Tarasov, who visited Arab villages in the north of Israel, and dusty Jewish neighbourhoods in the south, to document the country’s diversity and tolerance.

One of the soccer clubs photographed for the exhibition is Betar Nordia F.C. in Jerusalem. The club’s Jewish participants reportedly play harmoniously alongside their Arab Muslim and Christian colleagues.

Commenting on the council’s apparent censorship of the event - a decision made at officer level and not, apparently, by an elected councillor - a council spokesperson told WalesOnline: “Following a complaint it was decided to review the material and the exhibit was withdrawn. The council is aware there are protests planned around the Wales-Israel game at the weekend and this was taken into consideration.”


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commented 2015-09-11 17:00:58 -0400
And this is what the NDP is all about…and promotes within it’s ideology. Anti-Jewish/Israeli policies, appeasement through “negotiation” with terrorist organizations like ISIS (they’ll laugh at how easy assimilation of the West is and how weak we are) and general socialist and environmental policies that would set us back decades. Canadians must see them for what they are and vote them out of existence.
commented 2015-09-08 16:29:30 -0400
“Politicians, Jewish community leaders and the Israeli embassy have all slammed the directive ordered by the left-wing Labour Party-controlled council.” It seems to me, the “left-wing labour Party-controlled council” says it all. Labour unions are all marxist lefties in my opinion. Hopefully this will be their downfall come the next election.
commented 2015-09-06 13:54:12 -0400
“Is it going to take citizens with pitch forks and burning torches to correct this!?” If things continue the path they are headed now, we could be looking at Civil War.
commented 2015-09-06 03:27:43 -0400
I do not understand why there has been such a huge rise in anti-Semitism and a comparable rise in support for the primitive savage from the middle east who wants to murder Jews and Christians, well, anybody who won’t join their Caliphate Club…
The lefty/liberal/progressive Media Party I understand – they’re all totalitarianists, communists and degenerates at heart, but politicians and other officials? Look at that Nenshi anti-Semitic/pro-jihadi, coward mayor of Calgary spouting off against Chris Alexander…aren’t there laws, sanctions or consequences against all this lying, spinning, misinforming, and sins of omission. When are all these assholes going to be taken to task for all their BS and what amounts to treason!?
Is it going to take citizens with pitch forks and burning torches to correct this!?
commented 2015-09-05 20:48:39 -0400
You can bet, half the City Council are Muslims. Rule Britanistan, Used to Rule the Waves. The only waves the will rule are the waves of goodbye.
commented 2015-09-05 10:42:09 -0400
the muslims will be making all the decisions in Britain soon, The city councils will all surrender without a fight
commented 2015-09-05 10:37:27 -0400
“…the directive ordered by the left-wing Labour Party-controlled council.”

Once again, regressive socialists prove beyond doubt that the doctrine of socialism is a doctrine of anti-Semitism. Doesn’t matter if they are National Socialists, Soviet Socialists or so-called Democratic Socialists. Next candidates forum, ask the NDP candidate why (s)he is opposed to Jews.
commented 2015-09-05 02:28:35 -0400
Bravo Zulu the Jew haters never let reality get in the way of their bigotry.
commented 2015-09-04 23:37:38 -0400
Interesting how people think the palestinians are the down trodden.

Does anyone ever mention that they live on the border with Jordan?

Jordan refuses to allow them to enter.

There are good reasons for this.

On the other hand they allow Israeli tourists to cross into Jordan.

Seems the Jordanians are smarter than the Brits.
commented 2015-09-04 18:24:58 -0400
It’s funny that when anti Israel types need medical help the Israelis give it to them free then the next day they are screaming death to Israel. In Britain the loonie left that control city councils give in to these Islamic thugs.