Jordan’s athletes voice support to Palestine, condemn Israeli aggression

Caption: Wehdat players don the black and white Palestinian keffiyeh (traditional Levantine headdress) in support of Jerusalemites. (Photo: JNews/Amjad Al-Tawil)
Wehdat players don the black and white Palestinian keffiyeh (traditional Levantine headdress) in support of Jerusalemites. (Photo: Jordan News/Amjad Al-Tawil)
AMMAN — In light of the Palestinian people’s ongoing struggles across Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, a number of the Kingdom’s athletes and clubs have voiced their dismay at the Israeli occupation’s ongoing violations in the Palestinian territories, Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. اضافة اعلان

Al-Faisaly was among the first of Jordan’s clubs to voice its support with Jerusalemites and condemn Israel’s brutal practices on the Gaza strip; posting on its official Facebook account: “Even though we are not physically with you, our hearts and spirits always point in your direction. We impatiently await the day that crowds from every end march to free Jerusalem and every inch of our Arab lands.”

The Jordanian Pro League’s latest matches saw fans waving banners of support for the people of Sheikh Jarrah who continue to battle ongoing evictions in the East Jerusalem neighborhood. The players held a banner that read: “Our hearts and support to Palestine… Save Sheikh Jarrah”. The Jordan Football Association shared a Facebook video that showed national players holding the banner.

The Jordan Basketball Federation also took to Facebook with a picture of Al-Aqsa Mosque and homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, captioned: “Peace be upon those who stand firm... those who are right.”

National women’s basketball team player, Rubi Habash took to several of her social media accounts to post a series of messages in support of Palestine, including an image on Instagram showing the #SAVESHEIKHJARRAH hashtag in Arabic and English. Another of Habash’s Instagram posts read: “S/He whose first cause is not Palestine has neither cause nor principles.”

National basketball team playmaker, Mahmoud Abdeen, commented on his person Facebook page saying: “We were born to love you, we live to love to you and we will die to protect you.” The athlete, who also plays for Al-Wehdat, also posted a photo depicting the scale of clashes between the Palestinians and the occupation, which he captioned: “After years of competition between Al-Wehdat and Al-Faisaly, they have discovered today where the real court is and headed to the border…one people not two…”

Former national team basketballer, Islam Abbas, wrote: Do not underestimate the power of justice and do not despair in your attempts to bring it to light.”

National Taekwondo player, Ahmad Abughaush posted a clip that featured a number of his fellow athletes who took a stance in support of the people of Gaza and the West Bank. “Here we are, Jordanian and Palestinian athletes, sending our message of support to our Palestinian brothers and sisters…” In the video, the athletes spoke of a “world order that supports the oppressor at the expense of the oppressed, the forced, and unjust displacement of landowners, and the murder, and arbitrary arrest of youth defending their right to exist.” The video concluded with the athletes declaring in unison: “We are all Palestine”.

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