A number of top Muslim footballers on Monday expressed solidarity with the Palestinians after Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem.
Tensions have been running high in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood since last week, when Israeli settlers invaded after an Israeli court ordered the eviction of Palestinian families.
Palestinians demonstrating in solidarity with the residents of Sheikh Jarrah were targeted by Israeli forces.
A sad situation that caused a lot of reaction, especially in the world of football, through the voices of many players, mostly Muslims who sent messages of peace and support to the families of the victims.
The first to react among Moroccan players is Achraf Hakimi. The left-back of Inter Milan posted the message “FreePalestine”, before posting a video of the tragic event.
For his part, Munir El Haddadi, who is going through a difficult period within Sevilla FC, did not forget to post a message on his Instagram story by reposting a publication of Khabib de Nurmagomedov. Same story with his teammate Youssef En-Nesyri who also called for the liberation of Palestine, like Amine Harit.
The number 2 goalkeeper of the Moroccan selection and that of Hatayspor, Munir Mohand El Kajoui also wanted to show his support.
On the side of the Algerian neighbor, it is Ryad Mahrez, the star of Manchester City who took the floor to show his support for the Palestinian people. “The world needs peace and love. Do we all love ” shared, for his part, the French international Paul Pogba who plays for Manchester United.
– Palestine Info Center (@palinfoen) May 10, 2021
Another Muslim footballer to express his support is Mame Thiame, a Fenerbahce player who quoted a verse from the Quran: “’O humanity! Indeed, Allah’s promise is true. So do not let the life of this the world deceive you, nor let the great deceiver deceive you about Allah ”, sura Fatir verse 5”.
My heart with you Masjid Al Aqsa 🕌🖤🙌🏿 pic.twitter.com/E5DWNcexXh
– Mame Baba Thiam (@ Mame27Thiam) May 10, 2021
The list of supporters also includes former French football international Franck Ribéry, who plays for Fiorentina, German defender Shkodran Mustafi and former Malian striker Frédéric Kanoute who tweeted: “Apartheid continues and Palestinians are evicted from their homes while most of the leaders are complicit by their silence”.
On Sunday, the Chilean football team, Club Deportivo Palestino, declared its solidarity with the Palestinian cause. Indeed, the footballers wore Palestinian keffiyehs with black and white checks, a symbol of solidarity between activists supporting the Palestinian cause.
Before the start of their match in the Chilean League on Saturday, the players entered the pitch wearing the Palestinian headscarf around their necks and faces.
The footballers wore black and white checked Palestinian keffiyehs, a symbol of solidarity among activists supporting the Palestinian cause. Before the start of their match Saturday in the Chilean League, the players entered the field wearing the Palestinian scarf. #Palestine pic.twitter.com/mi7yCP3nXq
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At least 305 people were injured Monday when Israeli police stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and attacked Palestinians, who were vigilant to prevent possible raids by Jews, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. extremists.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and annexed the entire city in 1980 – a move that has never been recognized by the international community.