Sports and Hebron

“Sports is one of the least effective resisters to the machine” wrote cultural critic Lewis Mumford 50 years ago. Spectator sports drains people’s attention from  society’s great questions, substitutes an ersatz identification with “our team” and genuinely arrests our personalities at an adolescent level. Who really cares how Leafs are faring when the climate is burning down?

Last week I attended a Leaf game and had to endure another tribute to soldiers.What pray tell has this got to do with the game? This is how much Don Cherry our national philosopher has infiltrated our Canadian consciousness. When not bashing Europeans he’s plugging an immoral war.

If I wanted this nonsense I’d go to the Moss Park Armouries not the ACC.

The premier American sports writer Dave Zirin, a man who never gives a free pass to the bloated pro athletes, their infrastructure and their depoliticized fans brings this sick item  to our attention.

The New York Mets are allowing the Hebron Fund, a Brooklyn-based non-profit supporting violent and racist Israeli settlers living in the West Bank City of Hebron, to hold a fundraiser at Citi Field on November 21st. The Mets have to date refused to cancel the Hebron Fund dinner despite a letter from 11 US, Palestinian and Israeli organizations documenting that the Hebron Fund, by supporting Israeli settlements in Hebron, violates international law and the Obama administration’s call for a freeze in Israeli settlement construction in Occupied Palestinian Territory. The letter also demonstrates that the Hebron Fund actively promotes racial discrimination against Palestinians, and it supports, at least indirectly, violence and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homes in Hebron.

In a tragic irony, the Hebron Fund dinner is being held directly above the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field. Jackie Robinson broke the barrier of racial discrimination in baseball and his legacy is actively promoted by the New York Mets and Major League Baseball.



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