‘Palestinian blood’ painted across Scottish football stadium ahead of match with Israel

Red paint, signifying 'Palestinian blood', is spread on the path of the Israeli footbal team's path, ahead of a Nations League game at Hampden Park Stadium, Glasgow on 04 September 2020 [Liam_O_Hare / Twitter]
Red paint, signifying ‘Palestinian blood’, is spread on the path of the Israeli footbal team’s path, ahead of a Nations League game at Hampden Park Stadium, Glasgow on 04 September 2020 

Activists used red paint to cover the ramp the Israeli football team’s bus was due to take before its match against Glasgow last night in an effort to highlight the plight of Palestinians.

The act of solidarity saw red paint sprewn across the floor with the words “Palestinian Blood!” and “Free Gaza” written across the wall, according to pictures shared on Twitter.

Staff at Hampden stadium were subsequently spotted attempting to wash the paint off the road and scrub the messages off the walls.

The move came as protests were expected to be held outside the stadium in support of Palestinian calls for a boycott of the game. Palestinian football players had asked fans not to attend the game, with the president of the Palestinian Football Association saying: “Palestinian athletes are subjected to oppression and terrorism, including many of whom have been arrested or assassinated.”
“Many of our facilities have been destroyed and free movement of players is restricted within Palestine and internationally.”


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Scenes outside Hampden ahead of #scotland v #israel

“The path of the Israeli football team’s bus has been painted blood red by activists in Glasgow ahead of tonight’s Nations League game against Scotland,” journalist and filmmaker Liam O’Hare wrote on the social media network.


Liam O’Hare@Liam_O_Hare
The path of the Israeli football team’s bus has been painted blood red by activists in Glasgow ahead of tonight’s Nations League game against Scotland.

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Many applauded the move saying there’s “no support for apartheid regimes”.

Liam O’Hare@Liam_O_Hare·Sep 4, 2020 The path of the Israeli football team’s bus has been painted blood red by activists in Glasgow ahead of tonight’s Nations League game against Scotland.

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Alex Hepburn@alexjhepburn Massive respect for this. No support for apartheid regimes.

And calling it a “very moving image”.

Liam O’Hare@Liam_O_Hare·Sep 4, 2020The path of the Israeli football team’s bus has been painted blood red by activists in Glasgow ahead of tonight’s Nations League game against Scotland.

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Angela @norbois_southVery moving image. Proud to see @CelticFC supporters stand in solidarity with Palestinians as the rest of the world shamefully turns their backs on the atrocities of the Israeli govt. Anyone who knows the history of the club will understand where this empathy comes from

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With others likening it to the boycott of sports teams representing Apartheid South Africa which brought change to the oppressive and racist state.

(Source / 05.09.2020)

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