The use of sport in the Arab–Israeli conflict

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This article explores the use of sport in the formation of an Israeli cultural (multi-ethnic) identity and its historical and contemporary place in the Palestinian–Israeli conflict. The power of sporting events lies in the fact that the teams represent for their fans an ideology beyond the game itself. Supporting a sports team is a primary form of identity for many people. Highly salient sporting events, which are supercharged with emotion and garner eager interest, are also a venue for achieving political objectives on the local, national, and international levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-61
Number of pages17
JournalIsrael affairs
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2018


  • Arab–Israeli conflict
  • Palestinian–Israeli conflict
  • Political science
  • collective identity
  • soccer
  • sports
  • sports history


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