Dortmund minute's silence in memory of the victims of terrorism in Israel/Sport1
While world public opinion is once again embracing the Palestinian narrative, Germany is on Israel's side – and this is also expressed, perhaps primarily, through football.
The Deutschland Pan Kultur website published a comprehensive article reviewing the gestures, displays of support and solidarity of Bundesliga groups with Israel and with Israeli abductees held in Gaza.
"The Bundesliga has become the No. 1 supporter of Israel, and its reputation among Israelis is growing stronger in the wake of the war," the website says, "In no country have football fans expressed such complete identification with Israel as it is in Germany."
Among other things, Borussia Dortmund hosted evacuees from the Gaza envelope communities in a game against Bayern Munich, and Werder Bremen fans mobilized to raise awareness of the issue of abductees. In recent games, pictures of the abductees Hirsch Goldberg-Poland and Inbar Heiman, both football fans, have been displayed in the stands, and club officials are taking an active part in the efforts to raise the issue.
"For us, sport needs to make the voices of the abductees heard," said Anne-Katherine Laufman, senior director at Werder Berman. "The abductees are unable to shout their screams at the moment, so it is our duty to give them a mouth opening through sports."
Take an active part in advocacy, and even raise funds for Israel. Werder Bremen campaign shirts, against antisemitism/official website, Caillera
The article also noted that Dortmund and Bremen fan organizations from Arab countries expressed criticism and opposed the groups' mobilization on behalf of the abductees. "It's disappointing because we supported them in previous years when they tried to raise awareness of the wars in Lebanon, for example," said Adam Lahav, head of the Dortmund Supporters Association in Israel.
"The war in the Middle East is not over yet, but football clubs – at least in Germany – will continue to express solidarity and solidarity with Israel," they wrote.
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