The war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas has sparked a conflict among soccer players.
The ‘Yom Kippur War’ is an indiscriminate attack on each other that has resulted in more than 4,000 deaths as of the 16th. Civilians are being slaughtered in large numbers.
The world of soccer is also divided. Players who support Israel and those who support Palestine have been pitted against each other, and have been attacking each other viciously.
In this situation, one of the world’s biggest stars, the world’s best striker, and Ballon d’Or winner, Karim Benzema (Al Ittihad), has publicly come out in support of Palestine.
The impact of the star’s actions has been far-reaching. Spain’s Marca reports on the fallout from Benzema’s support for Palestine.
Benzema is a Frenchman of Algerian descent, and it’s no secret that he’s a Muslim, which is why he’s been so outspoken in his defense of Palestine.
Benzema left Spanish giants Real Madrid at the end of last season to join Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad.
Religion was a big reason for his move to the Middle East. 먹튀검증
“I’m a Muslim and this is an Islamic country.
I wanted to live in an Islamic country,” Benzema said.
“I pray for the people of Gaza, who have not been able to save their women and children and who have become victims of unjustified bombardment,” he said on social media during the escalation of the war.
Israel’s national team goalkeeper, Dudu Ouate, who previously played for Deportivo and Mallorca, was outraged and lashed out at Benzema on social media.
“You’re a really bad dog,” he wrote on social media, repeating the same words in five languages – English, Arabic, French, Israeli, and Spanish.
Meanwhile, Marca published a list of players who supported Palestine. Mukhtar Diakhaby (Valencia), Hakim Ziyech (Galatasaray), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Zakaria Aboukrall (Toulouse), Moussa Al Tamari (Montpellier), and Nusair Mazrouei (Bayern Munich).
Mazrouei recently sparked controversy when he posted the phrase “Allah will surely punish those who do evil” on social media.