Friday, 12 June 2009
Spurs Seeking UAE Sponsorship!
Now that is a headline I didn't expect to read. Why stop at the UAE, why not go the whole hog and look for a Palestinian backer to sponsor the new stadium? The club could then carve off two chunks on either side of the new ground and build walls around them, forcing anybody who comes originally from the N17 district to watch the game on flickering black and white TV sets from inside the walled areas. They could even name one of the sections after former star Paul Gascoigne - the Gazza Strip sounds like a Lap Dancing club I know, but former manager David Pleat would find it appealing! All in all, just like the homeland!
Apologies, this honestly isn't meant to be racist, but to point out the irony of Tootatthem looking for Arab backers given the supposed Jewish connections of the club. It is intended to highlight the human rights abuses in Israel, however, a country I visited before the creation of the West Bank and Gaza.
Back then, the big worry was that by 2010, Israel could vote itself out of existence due to the falling birth rate of Jews and the maintained birth rates of Arabs. The solution? Carve off two chunks of the nation, give them the status of separate states but not the means to exist, and disenfranchise all the Arabs inside the territories. Clever eh? Just like the ghettos in Poland after the Nazi occupation. And if the locals get uppity, send in the tanks.
Well done to Obama for having the courage to speak out on this issue and tell it how it is. What happened to the Jews must never be forgotten; but it must not be used as an excuse for them to abuse the human rights of the Palestinians half a century and more after the event.
Meanwhile, the idea of Arabs sponsoring Tootatthem has a deliciously ironic appeal. As ironic as little old bankrupt West Ham being taken over by a bankrupt Icelandic bank!
Posted by Hammersfan at 09:51