Israeli Nir Biton, the former Scottish Celtic player, criticized the club’s fans after they raised banners in support of Palestine and the Palestinian resistance after the “Al-Aqsa Flood” operation.
Bitton, who spent 9 years at Celtic and now plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv, condemned the banners “Free Palestine” and “Victory for the Resistance” that the “Green Brigade Ultras” raised before the Scottish Premier League match the day before yesterday, Saturday, with Kilmarnock.
Peyton posted a photo of the support banners in the stands on his Instagram account, and wrote, “Shame on you!!! Yes, liberate Gaza from Hamas, not from Israel. Supporting a terrorist organization that proudly celebrates the slaughter of families is absolutely insane.”
He continued, “Most of you do not even know where Israel is located!! You have no idea about this conflict and you still act like you know everything.. Please don’t tell me that this is what Israel is doing to the Palestinians because this is far from the truth!! Stop the brainwashing and bias and educate yourselves with the facts.”
Celtic fans have often shown their support for Palestine in the past, with the country’s flag being a fixture at their matches, although Celtic currently includes an Israeli player named Lil Obada.
The solidarity of the Scottish team’s fans with Palestine and its cause is not new. On August 17, 2016, a number of the club’s fans raised Palestinian flags in the stands of the club’s stadium, during their team’s match against the Israeli “Hapoel Beer Sheva” club, in the preliminary round of the Champions League, in order to express Their solidarity with the Palestinian people against Israeli practices, which made the European Football Association accuse the club of “raising an illegal flag,” and threatened to take disciplinary sanctions against it.
In response, Scottish club fans collected more than 34,000 pounds (about 45,000 dollars) for two Palestinian charities.
On the third day of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood – launched by the Palestinian resistance against Israel – the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), announced the bombing of occupied Jerusalem in response to the bombing of civilian homes in Gaza, while the Jerusalem Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, claimed responsibility for an armed attack in southern… Lebanon resulted in the injury of Israeli soldiers.
Israeli Channel 12 reported on Monday evening, citing the Ministry of Health, that the number of Israeli deaths had risen to 900 and the wounded to 2,600.
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