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Likud on the terraces

Seventy per cent of Jewish Israelis say they want a two-state solution. That doesn't mean they have a high opinion of Arabs. Consider the hardcore fans of Beitar Jerusalem FC

By David Goldblatt   June 2008

Beitar Jerusalem fans burn flares during an away game against Maccabi Netanya

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If he is an everyman, he certainly has the right name—Guy Israeli. By day, our man in Jerusalem is a tax consultant, but by night he is the “godfather” of La Familia, the football ultras who support the Israeli champions, Beitar Jerusalem. Tonight’s game is an Israeli Cup tie, away to second division Ahi Nazareth, an Arab club in the lower Galilee.

We pull off the sharply lit trunk road into darkness. In the car’s beams we pick out the…

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