Pro Palestinian Protesters Invade Pitch During Friendly Between Lille and Maccabi Haifi and Attack Israeli Players (Video)
In case you haven’t been following the news very closely this month, Israel launched a military offensive against Hamas on July 8. Since then, an estimated 650 Palestinians have died, along with 32 Israeli soldiers and three Israeli citizens. Meanwhile, the rest of the world looks on in horror, as always, debating who is right and who is wrong.
Now, unfortunately, the debate over this sad conflict has spilled over onto the soccer pitch.
Yesterday in Bischofshofen, Austria, a friendly between French club Lille and Israeli club Maccabi Haifa was stopped about five minutes from end time when a group of young male pro-Palestinian protesters, reportedly of Turkish origin, invaded the pitch, where they waved flags and attacked some of the Israeli players.
Now, the protest part I think is fair enough. Regardless of whose side you are on, we can all agree that the current conflict is petty tragic. It’s hard to begrudge people from wanting to draw attention to the situation.
But getting violent isn’t helping anybody. And the particular irony here is that Maccabi Haifa has a history of fielding Arab and Muslim players, which has made them one of the most popular Israeli teams among Israeli Arabs.
Nevertheless, this happened. In the video below, if you look closely, you can see the kick photographed above at the 0:20 mark.
Take a look:
By the way, despite this protest, the war—err, I mean the offensive—is still going on.
Hat Tip – [101 Great Goals]