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Israeli Soccer Team Wants to Add Trump to Its Name as US Embassy Moves to Jerusalem

Beitar Jerusalem says "President Trump has shown courage, and true love of the Israeli people and their capital"

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    This July 6, 2017, file photo shows Beitar Jerusalem player Hen Ezra (left) celebrate his first goal with Idan Vered (center) and Claudemir during their UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round 2nd leg match against Vasas FC at Ferenc Szusza Stadium in Budapest, Hungary.

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    • The soccer club says "President Trump has shown courage, and true love of the Israeli people and their capital."

    • Beitar is the only Israeli team that has never signed an Arab player. Its fans are known as "extreme" nationalists who sing Anti-Arab chants

    Israeli soccer club Beitar Jerusalem says it wants to add "Trump" to the team's name.

    The club's social media accounts say the team "from now on will be called 'Beitar Trump Jerusalem.'"

    The proposal by the club's leadership was announced Sunday, one day ahead of a new U.S. Embassy being inaugurated in Jerusalem.

    U.S. President Donald Trump made a campaign promise to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv. Palestinians also claim east Jerusalem as their future capital city.

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    The soccer club says "President Trump has shown courage, and true love of the Israeli people and their capital."

    Beitar is second in the Israeli league with one game left, and has qualified for next season's Europa League.

    Beitar is the only Israeli team that has never signed an Arab player, and its fans are known as "extreme" nationalists who sing Anti-Arab chants, The Washington Post reported.