Bithar Jerusalem is Israel’s politically moderate base and a group of supporters known as the ‘Law Familia’ has openly abused Israel’s Arab minority.
The club announced on Monday that a member of the Abu Dhabi ruling family had bought a 50 per cent stake in the Israeli Premier League football team Bitar Jerusalem.
The acquisition comes amid trade deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to establish formal diplomatic relations in September.
In a statement posted on their website, Beatar said it was committed to investing 300 million shekels (.192.18 million) in the club over the next ten years in the acquisition of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan.
Bitar Jerusalem is Israel’s politically moderate base and a group of supporters known as the “Law Familia” has openly abused Israel’s Arab minority.
A statement from Beatles on Monday quoted Sheikh Hamad as saying: “I am delighted to be part of such a great club and to have heard of such a great city, the capital of Israel and one of the holiest cities in the world. . ”
One of the major issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the naming of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, given the city’s status.
Israel considers the whole of Jerusalem as its capital, a position shared by the United States but not recognized by most countries. The Palestinians want the east of the city, which was captured by Israel in the 1967 war, as the capital of a future state.
Following the agreement to establish relations with Israel, the UAE stated that it was committed to establishing a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Beatar said Sheikh Hamad would form a new board of directors after the purchase, with his son joining the body to represent him.
In October, the UAE and the Israeli football leagues signed a memorandum of understanding to boost cooperation.