Jerusalem Soccer Team Renames Itself After Trump

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A Jerusalem soccer club has made a decision to change its name to honor President Donald Trump. The club owners chose to change the name of the team to "Beitar Trump Jerusalem".

The announcement comes one day before the official opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

Formed in 1936, the Beitar Jersualem Football Club's ownership has ties to the conservative Likud political party, led today by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who supports Trump's move.

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"For 70 years has Jerusalem been awaiting global recognition, until President Donald Trump, in a courageous move, recognised Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel", it said in a statement on its Facebook page.

In a statement provided to The Jerusalem Post, Beitar Jerusalem announced that they planned to change the name of the club because "we have the greatest love for the president".

Trump's decision to move the US Embassy has been controversial, amid fears that the move could scupper hopes for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Beitar, who have won the Israeli league six times and played in the Europa League the past three seasons, are backed by a vociferous band of right-wing supporters and are the only leading Israeli club never to have signed an Arab player.

'The football club Beitar Jerusalem, one of the most prominent symbols of the city, are happy to honour the President for his love and support with a gesture of our own. An anti-Muslim campaign began that saw Beitar Jerusalem fans holding up massive banners with phrases such as, "Forever Pure".

While no official request has been submitted thus far, the Israel Football Association has already said that changing the team's name is against the rules; a team can only be named after someone deceased.

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