Israel mayor calls black basketball players ‘niggers’
Holon Mayor Motti Sasson - Photo courtesy of

JERUSALEM : An Israeli mayor was quoted Tuesday as referring to black basket-ballers playing for professional teams in his country as “niggers.”

“I don’t want to see foreigners; I want to see Israeli sportsmen,” the Hebrew-language site of Ynet news quoted Holon Mayor Motti Sasson as telling a sports conference at an Israeli college.

“If you want to watch niggers, you have the NBA for that,” he added, referring to the American National Basketball Association.

The influential Ynet called Sasson’s remarks “a miserable and revolting expression.”

Holon lies just south of Tel Aviv.

Its Hapoel basketball club plays in Israel’s Super League, where it won the 2007-2008 championship and is in 7th place at the moment.

League rules allow four non-Israelis to play on each team, and many of them are black Americans.

Ynet said that when it asked Sasson to comment, he apologized.

“The choice of the word ‘niggers’ was inappropriate and I apologize. I, of course, meant foreign players.”

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  1. Jannell
    March 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Technically he gets a pass because a lot of Black People believe its ok to use the N word if your Black and if he check his DNA, he’s good to go

    • Nia
      March 24, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      1. there is a difference between -er & -a endings
      2. “some black people” do not speak for all. if some women dont mind being called a bitch you wouldnt walk around calling all women bitches would you?

    • Joni
      March 24, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      That man has no black or Israeli genes. With those blue eyes he’s clearly Ashkenazi, whose blood line has recently been shown to have nothing but Eastern European genes. Fact!

    • Iwanna
      March 24, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Potentially the most stupid comment I have heard in awhile.

  2. Mrs. Inchbald
    March 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    “I, of course, meant foreign players” sooooooo much better :/ ?!

  3. John Milton Wesley
    March 21, 2014 at 12:43 am

    “Foreign players” is this the same as “Outside Agitators” ? Echoes from Mississippi.

  4. Darryl Hines
    March 21, 2014 at 1:37 am

    And they call themselves, God’s people or the chosen ones. Yeah, right.

    • yhh
      September 29, 2015 at 5:30 am

      There would be no Western Civilization without the Jews

  5. ASW
    March 21, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Figures, coming from a fake azz Jew!

  6. j
    March 21, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    A racist Israeli politician?!?! WHAT A SURPRISE

  7. Tobeana Rice-Sow
    March 21, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    He meant exactly what he said.

  8. Abdurrehman
    March 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    pretty expected from the tel aviv area i guess. they hate the man who pays for them and defends them so much (obama)

  9. james
    March 21, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    This is nothing new

  10. Angry guy
    March 21, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    If an American mayor had said that he would be forced to resign.

  11. Saacha
    March 22, 2014 at 12:13 am

    No you didn’t you meant what you said.. Sorry yours guys can’t jump!

  12. Desiree
    March 22, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    He meant what he said. It’s interesting to see an apology made for something you are not sorry for. No comment would have been a better response.

  13. The Real
    March 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    He is trying to divert attention off of his own aging elfness, I think half elf, half Orc…what do you think?

  14. ShahWalk
    March 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    They demons to begin with masquerading as the chosen. In actuality the chosen are the ones he doesn’t want!

  15. vuk
    March 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    “If you want to watch niggers, you have the NBA for that” shows that he meant it when he said “nigger”, not foreign players. nba is not israeli national team

  16. jade jordan
    March 22, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    A racist Israeli?! Shocker! You must be unfamiliar with their treatment of Palestinians….

  17. GrapeJuice
    March 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    if a non-black guy says nigger it’s racist, if a black man says it, it’s gangster. how is that not racist? don’t point towards people who do other things wrong than you do.

  18. ishmael mckinney
    March 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    There goes a Nazi, pretending to be a jew. technically which race is lower. He is a pure Nazi.

  19. lashone thomas
    March 22, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Keep it up I love it cause pretty soon these young thugs gonna wake up for the next civil war

  20. BossLadu
    March 22, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    No Surprise! They don’t want too see Black people period. The Africans are being exiled from their country. #Racist Bigots

  21. A
    March 22, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    He used the word ‘kushi’ which is another word for black people in Hebrew. It is slang and can definitely be perceived as derogatory. But he did not use the word ‘nigger’

  22. puffidredz
    March 22, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    i couldn’t help but lol when i read this. he sounds like such a big baby. grow tf up.

  23. Doug
    March 23, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Janell, Not one black person on this earth feels it’s ok to use the word nigger. Nigger is a racist term. Nigga, is a term of endearment.

  24. Ralph
    March 23, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    God know,s best

  25. Babatunde
    March 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    He must remember some people believe he’s on stolen land his self.

  26. Babatunde
    March 23, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    It’s bastards like him who keep hatred alive.

  27. Carolyn B. Baker
    March 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I am tired of people using the word ‘nigger’ as a marketing tool … now all of a sudden this little fat jew-ish nobody from a heretofore unknown state is international. Shame on you!

  28. Charles
    March 23, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Whatever black people may or may not say to each other is irrelevant- and by the way, whites, hispanics and asians say that to each other as well.

  29. cynthia
    March 23, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    More of the same. His people were persecuted and systematically hunted down and murdered just for being alive, and this is what comes out of his mouth? SHAME

  30. Audi
    March 24, 2014 at 12:10 am

    He spoke the truth from a racist point of view so if you’re looking for an excuse forget it cos y do they only allow 4 non Israeli players and not 3 or 2 or 10 etc.

  31. Paul Idriss
    March 24, 2014 at 12:22 am

    May be they had referred to themselves as niggers in front of him. He is just following their cue. Don’t call yourself nigger if you don’t want to be called a nigger.

    • Gerald
      July 20, 2014 at 7:22 am

      How in the hell do you know where or if he heard some of the players say anything. You are making an ignorant assumption. Your as bad if not worse than that faggot.

  32. Momodou Ngum
    March 24, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Anti-Semitism is a direct reaction to Semitism. I learned it from ‘The Merchant of Venice’.

  33. garryb
    March 24, 2014 at 9:46 am

    @Jannell….just because a number of black people may use the word and may feel that it’s ok to use, this mayor doesn’t get a pass. The word is offensive anyway used.

  34. Netani Colatibau
    March 24, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Imagine what would be his opinion about those black Jews in Israel, some of them in the IDF, to me that’s racist and very discriminatory.

  35. maxi rider
    March 24, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    No, he doesn’t get a pass. Technical or otherwise. The word is used as a term of endearment among black people. When others use it, it is meant to be derrogatory.

  36. JDub81
    March 25, 2014 at 3:08 am

    I hope the Palestinians catch him slippin!

  37. G.G.HINES
    March 25, 2014 at 5:04 am

    This Jew must be a half brother, to Adolf Hitler………Hater

  38. Jen
    March 25, 2014 at 8:41 am

    He does NOT get a pass. I am black and no one should use that despicable word. It just flowed from him which means he’s speak like that all the time. He has left a BLACK mark on Israel (lol).

  39. Mike
    March 25, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Fighting back racism with racism makes you no better than him. There’s apparently a high road somewhere… take it!

  40. Sam Tollman
    March 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Which parts of the Torah are missing?

  41. Nadeboy
    March 27, 2014 at 5:54 am

    If he said this about black basketball players, what do you thinks he feels about Arabs.

  42. Aladell Washington
    March 27, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    1 Sam.2:32,Deut. 32:21, and Zechariah 9:6. Also Rev.2:9 and 3:9 , That will tell you who they are.

  43. The Sage
    June 1, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    You don’t want your country’s sport teams to be filled up with foreign players. That’s perfectly understandable. The American blacks are just taking away opportunities from native Israelis.

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