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Jan 5, 2012

Beitar Jerusalem punished for racist chanting by fans

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israel Football Association court docked Premier League strugglers Beitar Jerusalem two points on Wednesday for racist chanting by some of their fans against an opposing team player last month.

The court said some Beitar supporters made distinctive noises and called out abusively every time Hapoel Tel Aviv’s Nigerian-born Israel international striker, Toto Tamuz, touched the ball.

Jan 4, 2012

Soccer-Beitar Jerusalem punished for racist chanting by fans

JERUSALEM, Jan 4 (Reuters) – An Israel Football
Association court docked Premier League strugglers Beitar
Jerusalem two points on Wednesday for racist chanting by some of
their fans against an opposing team player last month.

The court said some Beitar supporters made distinctive
noises and called out abusively every time Hapoel Tel Aviv’s
Nigerian-born Israel international striker, Toto Tamuz, touched
the ball.

Jan 4, 2012

Israel’s Netanyahu nixes bill on naming top judges

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday withdrew proposed legislation seen by critics as unfairly favoring his rightist coalition, after being told by the attorney-general that a court would probably deem it as flawed, a spokesman said.

If it had become law, the legislation would have allowed a change in the makeup of a committee of politicians and jurists that appoints Supreme Court judges, facilitating the naming of justices that right-wing lawmakers see as favorable to them.

Dec 27, 2011

New coach Guttman a popular choice for Israel

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – The Israel Football Association unveiled home-born Eli Guttman as national coach on Tuesday in place of Frenchman Luis Fernandez, and said he was the most popular choice the team had ever had.

Guttman, 53, has a reputation for being a methodical and meticulous tactician and was the only candidate considered for the position. He received unanimous backing from the 11-member IFA board, initially on a two-year deal.

Dec 27, 2011

Soccer-New coach Guttman a popular choice for Israel

TEL AVIV, Dec 27 (Reuters) – The Israel Football
Association unveiled home-born Eli Guttman as national coach on
Tuesday in place of Frenchman Luis Fernandez, and said he was
the most popular choice the team had ever had.

Guttman, 53, has a reputation for being a methodical and
meticulous tactician and was the only candidate considered for
the position. He received unanimous backing from the 11-member
IFA board, initially on a two-year deal.

Dec 21, 2011

Israel says European U.N. states’ criticism is wrong

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel Wednesday said four European U.N. Security Council members should support a resumption of stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks because their criticism of the Jewish state could sideline them from negotiations.

Tuesday, representatives of Britain, France, Germany and Portugal said a briefing by U.N. assistant secretary-general for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco had made clear to the 15-nation council that Israeli settlement activity was undermining attempts to restart peace talks.

Dec 20, 2011

Soccer-Israel coach Fernandez to be replaced next month

JERUSALEM, Dec 20 (Reuters) – The tenure of Israel
coach Luis Fernandez effectively ended on Tuesday and a new
coach will be named next month, the country’s Football
Association said.

Israeli FA officials said former Hapoel Tel Aviv coach Eli
Guttman would be officially named as soon as Fernandez’s
contract expired at the end of the year.

Dec 12, 2011

Israel gives final okay to new WBank settler homes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has given final approval to the building of 40 new homes at a settlement in the occupied West Bank to replace temporary structures there, the settlement’s council head said Monday.

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed over a year ago in a dispute over Israeli settlement building.

Dec 5, 2011

Soccer-Faltering Maccabi Tel Aviv sack coach Iwanir

JERUSALEM, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Maccabi Tel Aviv sacked
coach Motti Iwanir on Monday after he failed to improve the
fortunes of Israel’s biggest club having been in the job for
almost a year.

“In view of the run of recent bad results (owner) Mitch
Goldhar has informed coach Iwanir that his contract with the
club will be terminated,” Maccabi said in a statement on their
website (maccabi-tlv.co.il).

Dec 1, 2011

FIFA says non-Israeli can play for Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – FIFA has given a Druze Arab from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights permission to play for Israel even though he is not a citizen of the country, the Israel FA said.

Maccabi Haifa’s Weaam Amasha is the leading Israeli league scorer this season with 12 goals from 13 matches and he has notched six in European club competition but he was unable to play for Israel because he does not own a passport.