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The Little Ironies of Israeli Life
Chelsea soccer team manager Avraham Grant
by Judy Lash Balint
May 1, 2008

Israeli soccer fans won't be watching the all-important Chelsea-Liverpool Champions League semi-final match on Israeli TV tonight--it's the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) and only Holocaust-related programming is aired on any Israeli TV channel.

In 2008 it's Germany to the rescue as the German sports channel carried by both of Israel's cable TV providers is the only station broadcasting the game in Israel.

And Avraham Grant, Chelsea's Israeli manager--guess where he's heading after the match? To Poland to take part in the annual March of the Living--an event he hasn't missed for years. Grant, the son of a Holocaust survivor, will join thousands of Israeli and Diaspora youth who commemorate Holocaust remembrance Day by marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau.Grant wore a black armband during the match to mark Yom Hashoah.