Sunday, June 18, 2006

Fly The Flag

While it's nice to see an Israeli flag present at the World Cup, I don't agree with what John Pantsil did and think he is going to find himself in hot water. If not from Ghana, then from FIFA.

Pantsil plies his trade for Hapoel Tel-Aviv and told people he would wave the Israeli flag if Ghana scored. They scored twice in their upset win over the Czech Republic and so the flag came out.

Israeli flag or not, I disagree with what Panstil did. He is representing Ghana on the international stage so where does Israel come into it? Why wasn't he at least brandishing an Ghanaian flag and waving the two together?


Blogger Sweatshop Worker said...

WE thought we spotted an Israeli flag- thanks for clearing that one up for us!

10:26 AM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...


Maybe he was just trying to raise world awareness that Sederot is getting bombed with Qassam rockets every day?

1:22 PM  
Blogger Greeny said...


I am amazed at your comments here. It is not just “nice” that he held up the Israeli flag and there is a clear and obvious reason why Israel comes into it.

As far as I am concerned this was the best hasbara (public relations) move that Israel has received since Entebbe (or perhaps the first Gulf War).

I read daily about the Israeli state practising “apartheid” policies. The Guardian newspaper only a few months ago had a lengthy two-part article comparing Israel to the apartheid regime of South Africa. Yesterday, a Ghanaian footballer dispelled this myth in 90 minutes of the beautiful game, to a worldwide audience, witnessing the first real giant-killing match of the tournament.

A friend of mine told me last night that Pantsil’s wife is a cleaner in Tel Aviv and she was watching the games with her Ghanaian friends in the Central bus station. Perhaps it is also worth mentioning here that Pantsil was linked with Rennes and Hamburg on Friday and it is most likely he won’t be playing in Israel following the tournament.

I for one will now be supporting Ghana and I am sure the rest of Israel will too. Judging by the front of the papers this morning I think you may be just about the only Israeli who disagrees with what he did.

Israel is a great country, a country at war. We should be hailing John Pantsil and his mini-flag for providing this small country, in a sea of enemies, with a great moment in World Cup football.

Shame on you!


P.S. If Owen Hargreaves holds up a Canadian flag in Berlin on July 9th to celebrate an England victory (I still believe…) it really wouldn’t bother me…

3:30 PM  
Blogger ifyouwillit said...

Israel is always in need of some positive PR, and waving the flag does no harm, if anything, it will do the opposite.

Sure, he is representing Ghana and must be proud to be doing so, but his pride to be an Israeli should be complimented. Maybe this is where he feels really at home.

As 'British' as I am, and always will be, I am a Zionist first.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

I disagree and think it is a slap in the face for Ghana. If he waved both flags together - fair enough.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

DCDI: Once again you have misjudged public opinon...

First with going after me over my World-Cup posting...and now, by critizing the waving of an Israeli flag during the World Cup.

My advice? Re-read the Tipping Point :)

Actually - I just heard about a new book about the opinion of the masses, and how they are more often right than the experts.

I'll send you more info on it soon.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

Jameel - How can I be the one misjudging public opinion when you wrote posts about 'two billion people being wrong'?

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am Israeli, why must i be hapy to see my flag play by Ghana natonal? I do not unrstand.

6:00 PM  
Blogger David P said...

He waved the flag because he loves israel- a place where he made his career and life. The more people that see israel represented in such a positive light the better. Surely you can understand that...

The bloke is a hero.

11:07 PM  

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