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Israeli soccer club says it wants to add Trump to its name

May 14, 2018

Flowers decorated as an American flag are seen on a road leading to the US Embassy compound ahead the official opening in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 13, 2018. On Monday, the United States moves its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the holy city at the explosive core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and claimed by both sides as a capital. The inauguration comes five months after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli soccer club Beitar Jerusalem says it wants to add “Trump” to the team’s name.

The club’s social media accounts say the team “from now on will be called ‘Beitar Trump Jerusalem.’”

The proposal by the club’s leadership was announced Sunday, one day ahead of a new U.S. Embassy being inaugurated in Jerusalem.

U.S. President Donald Trump made a campaign promise to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv. Palestinians also claim east Jerusalem as their future capital city.

The soccer club says “President Trump has shown courage, and true love of the Israeli people and their capital.”

Beitar is second in the Israeli league with one game left, and has qualified for next season’s Europa League.

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