The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

AN AMER­I­CANIs­raeli de­fends the Beitar Jerusalem foot­ball fans who last week booed dur­ing the mo­ment of si­lence for Yitzhak Rabin:

“In the­ory, the mo­ment of si­lence is a mere dis­play of re­spect for a slain prime min­is­ter and as such should be un­con­tro­ver­sial. In fact, how­ever, such cer­e­monies have been turned into rit­u­alised forms of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with spe­cific po­lit­i­cal mes­sages. The Beitar fans un­der­stood per­fectly well that they were be­ing asked to af­firm the vir­tu­ous­ness of the sec­u­lar Ashke­nazi left and the bar­barism of ev­ery­one else, first and fore­most peo­ple like them­selves. Their re­ac­tion was a sign of healthy self-es­teem com­bined with a cer­tain, um, lack of in­hi­bi­tion. Many oth­ers share the sen­ti­ment but tend to sub­tler forms of self-ex­pres­sion.” ben­

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