Muslim Football Team Names Spark Controversy in CA

December 7, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On December 7, 2003 The Associated Press reported that young athletes participating in the Muslim Football tournament in Irvine, California offended Jewish leaders by naming their teams Intefadeh, Soldiers of Allah and Mujahedeen. AP noted that "Rabbi Bernie King, who lives in Irvine, said the teams' names undermined those who worked to have closer relations with Muslims. 'Something like this . . . tends to support those in the community who have suspicions about the real intent of Islam,' King said."