Friday, November 09, 2007

Beitar Jerusalem fans have been roundly condemned in the press and banned by the league from attending two home games for booing during the moment of silence for Rabin. It is not especially politically correct to defend them but they deserve to be defended. 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 ritualized 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.

So next time you're working up a head of steam about the manipulative annual Rabin rituals, remember this: the people having the babies in this country aren't buying.

7 Comments:

Blogger treppenwitz said...

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2:29 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

Ehhhh, I'll need some time to think it over. It's not you, it's me. Really.

Loved your post.

10:27 AM  
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6:18 PM  
Anonymous mred626 said...

It's the Treppin-Ben mutual masturbation society.

3:54 AM  
Blogger Yehu said...

You're 100% right, I wish there were more people daring to say they see it that way.

Actually Beitar fans have been singing "Leah[=Rabin] {deleted - performs a certain act} on Shimon[=Peres]" and "Hu Yigal otanu" at caduregel matches since the assassination. It may not represent the sentiments of the majority, but certainly those of a large cut of the population, even if most of us wouldn't exdpress them in the same exact way.

BTW once during my service I got a ride with Eli Ohana. (In Israel he used to be revered like Clapton back in the Mayall days.) First I didn't recognize him, and he wasn't too thrilled about that...

4:02 AM  
Blogger Abbi said...

Sorry, I just don't think the Beitar fans were thinking all that much about anything when they booed. I think you're ascribing a little too much intellectualism to their act. (I've lived near those fans, they're not big on thinking)

Do you also consider the sirens on yom hashoah and yom hazikaron to be "ritualized forms of identification" foisted on us by secular Ashkenazim?

No matter how much you might have hated Rabin, his policies, his hairstyle, he was a Jewish leader who was deliberately killed by another Jew. That deserves 2 minutes of reflection a year (not even a fast, like Gedalyah got).

Also, again, have you been out of your yishuv lately? Most chiloni families around me have at least four children. That's hardly the 1.6 barely- replacement rate of the Europeans. So, feel free to keep dreaming of your future domination of Israel, but it's not likely.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Menachem said...

>>Most chiloni families around me have at least four children<<
That's a good one!

11:19 PM  

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