The Jerusalem soccer match between Israel and Argentina was canceled because of terrorism threats against soccer superstar Lionel Messi his family, Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev said Wednesday. The BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) threatened terrorism against the Argentina Football Club if they played in Israel.
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In a press conference in Tel Aviv, Regev dismissed claims that the Argentinian soccer team caved to pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, arguing terror threats were the real reason. As evidence, Regev presented posters showing the alleged threats Messi and other players received.
Pity Argentina isn’t more vocal about the real reason behind the cancellation. A leopard doesn’t change his spots, or in this case, Argentina can’t or won’t. Hardly surprising. Thousands of Nazi officers, high-ranking party members and collaborators — including many notorious war criminals — escaped across the Atlantic, finding refuge in South America, particularly in Argentina. The “world’s most wanted Nazi,” Adolf Eichmann, architect of Hitler’s “Final Solution” to exterminate the Jews from Europe, was apprehended in Argentina.
Argentina, for one, was already home to hundreds of thousands of German immigrants and had maintained close ties to Germany during the war. After 1945, Argentine President Juan Perón, himself drawn to fascist ideologies, enlisted intelligence officers and diplomats to help establish “rat lines,” or escape routes via Spanish and Italian ports, for many in the Third Reich.
As thousands of Nazis and their collaborators poured into the continent, a sympathetic and sophisticated network developed, easing the transition for those who came after.
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