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Two months after October 7 massacre: English FA apologizes to Jewish community | Israel Hayom

2023-12-07T20:57:02.311Z

Highlights: Two months after October 7 massacre: English FA apologizes to Jewish community. Chairwoman Debbie Hewitt admitted that the decision not to illuminate Wembley's blue-and-white arches "caused a lot of pain" "It's a nice statement, it's a shame that it came after two months, great pressure and quite a shame," she said. "We wanted to unite, not divide people, and we all want peace in the Middle East," Hewitt added. "It was a mistake, we're very sorry," said the head of the British Jewish Council.


Chairwoman Debbie Hewitt admitted that the decision not to illuminate Wembley's blue-and-white arches "caused a lot of pain" for quite a few residents of England in general and London in particular


Over the past few years, whenever something fundamental has happened around the world – the death of an important person, a great politician, a massacre, a horrific act of terror or the start of a war as happened between Russia and Ukraine – the English Football Association has illuminated the arches of the legendary Wembley Stadium with colors relevant to that event.

After the seventh of October, when England hosted a friendly match in its legendary stadium against Australia, the English FA decided not to wake up the blue and white arches, despite the horrific massacre of the Hamas organization in the communities near the Gaza Strip. On Thursday evening, two months later, the chairman of the English FA apologized to the Jewish community.

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"We understand this is a traumatic time for the Jewish community in the UK and around the world and regret our response, which has caused pain. We wanted to unite, not divide people, and we all want peace in the Middle East," Debbie Hewitt wrote. The heads of the body against anti-Semitism in Britain responded with sarcasm immediately, telling the Daily Mail: "It's a nice statement, it's a shame that it came after two months, great pressure and quite a shame."

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