David and Michael Mintzberg arrived in Israel last summer with quite a few hopes of restoring Hapoel Tel Aviv to greatness, made big changes in the Red Club, but already after five cycles they dealt with the reality in the Holy Land with the massacre of Hamas in the communities near the Gaza Strip and the outbreak of war, which stopped the league for almost two months. On Monday, it was decided by the board of directors of the league administration that the league would return on Saturday, and for this purpose the businessmen issued a letter to Hapoel fans.
"To the entire dear Hapoel Tel Aviv family, we are still shocked by the horrific terrorist attack carried out in Israel against innocent people on October 7, 2023, which claimed so many lives. We pray for the return of the abductees to their homes, and for the brave soldiers of the IDF to return safely. These days, we are very proud of the way the club's fans, players and staff have rallied to support the many families whose lives have been directly affected by the terrible tragedy that has befallen Israel, including the families of fallen fans.
"Dear fans, in the near future all teams are forced to play without crowds and it is very frustrating for us that we will not be able to play against you, but understand that it is necessary to support the decision of the league administration to return to games this weekend. We hope that our fans can find even a little respite by watching the football, and are confident that the manager will continue to work so that we can all be together again on the pitch as soon as possible.
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As Jews living outside of Israel, we are appalled by the rise of anti-Semitism around the world. It is pure evil that feeds on lies, hatred and ignorance. This is an opportunity to send a message to the world that Israel is stronger than ever. We will continue to fight with all our might against anti-Semitism, racism and hatred in all forms and show that Israel is a beautiful country where people of all religions, cultures and ethnicities live, work and play football together and in peace. This season is dedicated to all those we have lost. We will honor them and remember them forever. The people of Israel live. David and Michael Mintzberg."
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