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Sakhnin vs Beitar: the football rivalry that encapsulates the Israel-Palestine conflict

One is a mixed Arab team and the other boasts of remaining "pure" Jewish

By Nicholas Blincoe  

All of the great football teams in Israel and Palestine emerged out of political rivalries. Perhaps the greatest rivalry is a contemporary one: the conflict between two of the teams in Israel’s Premier League—Bnei Sakhnin, the only top flight club from an Arab town, and Beitar Jerusalem, the club whose fans boast it is “forever pure” because it has never included a Palestinian in its squad.

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