A top Israeli soccer team wants to rename itself Beitar “Trump” Jerusalem to honor the US president for deciding to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Beitar, currently in second place in Israel’s premier league, made the announcement Sunday on Facebook.
“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.
“We have the greatest love for the president, and we will win,” the statement read a day before the official opening of the new embassy in the Arnona neighborhood.
“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,” the statement continued.
“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.”
The six-time Israeli league champion will require the approval from the Israel Football Association to make the change.
Beitar’s goal may be blocked by a legal challenge considering that Donald Trump has been a registered trademark in Israel since 2008, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The club is no stranger to controversy and has a long history of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment. Its hard-core fans – known as “La Familia” – frequently chant derogatory slogans during matches.
Beitar has promised to crack down on its racist fans, according to the Times of Israel.
Credit: NY Post