What the Chechen footballers who joined the Israeli “Beitar Jerusalem” club have never been exposed to any player in the world, and what the club’s fans did in terms of hostility just to enter the ranks of Muslims in their team did not see the world like its ugliness and extremism before.
The whole story deserves to be narrated in the depth of the racist expressions it expresses and blind hatred for Arabs and Muslims, and it reflects, as a mirror, the nature of Israeli society, to verify the correctness of its diagnosis or not.
The Israeli documentary “Forever Pure” suggested documenting the story that began with the start of the 2012-2013 season. To tighten its objectivity, it was necessary to link the story to the history and nature of the club and its fans, which are proud of its strong link with the extreme right.
The Sephardi Club … more than just a football club
The Beitar Jerusalem Club is the oldest Israeli club, and its presence largely represents Eastern Jews. That is why for Israelis it is more than just a football club, and analyzes of journalist Ariel Segal – the documentary narrator – refer its popularity and politicians ’interest in it to its early appearance and transformation. With time to a national symbol.
After winning the titles and winning the local championships, he turned into an empire that attracted right-wing organizations and extremist parties before others, and the seats on the eastern side of the stadium summarize what is happening of his racist nature and his frankness in revealing them through the chants and chants of his fans, and most of them support the extremist organization “La Familia”, and its leaders have the upper hand. In club decisions.
The Beitar Jerusalem Club is the oldest Israeli club, and its presence largely represents Eastern Jews
“We are the most racist, and our club is free of Muslims and Arabs”
The fans’ chants and songs call things their own names. They do not evade or fear, neither the police nor the parties. Rather, the parties always find in their satisfaction a starting point for winning any elections in which they compete.
On these chants, director Maya Zinstein also relied on strengthening the body of her narrative documentaries, as it is not more indicative of the racism of his audience than the words of their blatant songs of their right and hatred of others, and no more indicative than the slogan of their club with Talmudic symbols expressing intensely their convictions in the inherited religious discourse of the validity of their occupation of Palestine.
That is why they are not afraid of being held accountable. Rather, they shout at the top of their voice, “We are the most racist, and our club is free of Muslims and Arabs,” or they chant: “We love you yellow and black at every moment, and we are not afraid to express our love for you from the police, nor are they able to stop us.” .
Arkady Gaydamak is the owner of the club and is owned by the fans
The quick review of the club’s situation and its results brings us back to the moment before the 2012 crisis, at which point its owner, the Russian millionaire, “Arkady Gaydamak” – wanted by the French judiciary on charges of arms trafficking – had announced his retreat from his previous decision not to support the club financially, and decided for political and economic reasons to start financing it, until Besides his fear of fierce campaigns against him expressed by the slogans of the fans on the eastern side of the stadium, describing him as a traitor and a war criminal.
The owner does not like the sport of football in the first place, but he is convinced that it reflects a struggle and war outside it, and this description is loved by the club’s fans, because they consider it a real war and not just a sport, and their behavior outside and inside the stadium indicates that.
Honorary posts .. a kiss for the wishing to vote for the fans
The documentary did not pass quickly after the withdrawal of the Russian owner from the club after the local elections in 2008, so he stopped there before going into the details of the story of the Chechen players due to the strong connection between the two events, so his support was coupled with his popularity that qualified him to win the seat of the governor of the Jerusalem municipality, despite his rise to advanced stages of the race He lost the seat, so he decided to gradually withdraw from it.
There is a consensus documented by the Israeli film that most of the country’s leaders and politicians support the team, and that several heads of government have occupied honorary positions in it. Being close to the club has been along the line, meaning for them ensuring the votes of its fans, and winning the approval of the extremist Jewish parties and organizations that are the club’s major incubator.
The owner of the Israeli club does not like the sport of football in the first place, but he is convinced that it reflects a struggle and war outside it
Politics and sports overlap … the various levels of film
The first part of the film was saturated with research, and after reviews of documents, recordings, clips of matches, and the way the fans express their love, the strength of the club’s association with politics was confirmed. Rather, it is a political club before it was a sportsman.
As for the second part, it took a different narrative character that focused on the experience of the Chechen players and their diaries with the club, and thus “pure forever” can be described as a multi-level and expressive film, as it is an historical analysis in addition to being investigative that moves between the two sides with the available recordings (video) and between the new ones. It is taken with his camera, and some of it are secret pictures among the ranks of the angry audience, and appear when the film wants to confirm a position, or take a significant shot.
“Kadyev” and “Sadiyev” … the crime of a Muslim profession in Israel
The two Chechen players, “Gabriel Kadyev” and “Zor Sadiyev”, are in fact far from politics. They are ordinary Muslims who did not come to fight in Israel.
The source of hatred against the players is not understood, because they are simply football players, their first understanding like others is the club’s victory, and all their personal ambitions are focused on professionalism and playing in the future in big football clubs, but their bad luck led them to Israel, during the visit of the owner of the Russian millionaire club to Chechnya, accompanied by The team and its welcome there signed a contract with them for a whole year, to play with his club in Israel.