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.”
“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.
Many applauded the move saying there’s “no support for apartheid regimes”.
Alex Hepburn@alexjhepburn Massive respect for this. No support for apartheid regimes.
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
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)