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can Football Creates peace in the middle east
can football create peace Josh Aronson a manchester united fan in israel believes so
As an Israeli who feels that this conflict is unnecessary I was pleasantly surprised to find in my local Manchester United supporters club "Israeli Reds" several Arabs they may not drink beer for religious reasons but together we sing and praise may it be the Hebrew god Hashem or the Arab God Allah and of course our Team and Manager.
As I live abroad I wanted a unique way to support my team so I did what I know best I became administrator of several facebook pages be it "Man Utd Never give up" or "Remove Manchester United Hackers" when I became friends though this with other Administrators through those groups and found out several live in Lebanon or Saudi Arabia I was in doubt whether to tell them from where I live when I did I was pleased to know none of them cared as one of my friends in Lebanon wrote to me on chat " we united fans are brothers whether we live in Lebanon or Israel"
Peace in football in history is found a lot on Christmas day 1914 during the First World War there was a cease fire for several hours' German solders played football vs. England as one of the English solders said "that was the best football I played in my life" as many will remember on December 2011 Manchester united Under 21 team exchanged Gifts with teams from Germany, Belgium and France to commemorate this famous 1914 truce as McClair director of Manchester united Youth observed:
Other cases include Israeli players playing in teams together with Arab players one of them scores the other is there to congratulate
Can it be that the secret to world peace is one thing Football for me I can say Yes it is and I look forward to the day where I and my Lebanese friend can sit together for a game and cheer "go reds".
In pic myself Together with member's of the Israeli reds Arabs and jews together