Conflict between Israel and Hamas leads to divisions in the selection of PSV

Zahavi, whose family was the victim of a violent robbery in Amsterdam last Sunday, shares in a post via his Instagram Stories: “More than 300 rockets have been fired from Gaza on Israel.” The post is accompanied with the hashtag #IsraelUnderAttack. Another Story by Zahavi shows how the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is being attacked. The PSV striker also refers to a post by the Israeli TV presenter Assi Azar, which shows images of rockets flying over Tel Aviv.

The Instagram Stories of Zahavi, Ihattaren and Mazraoui.

Ihattaren, Teze and Rosario are on the contrary advocating the Palestinian cause. The three PSV players share a message that reads: ‘You don’t have to be a Muslim to stand up for Gaza. You only have to be a person for that. ‘ That message has been spread at lightning speed on social media in recent days. Ajax players Noussair Mazraoui and Zakaria Labyad also stand up for the Palestinians. The Moroccan internationals post an image with the text ‘Free Palestine’.

The Telegraph reports on Wednesday afternoon that the PSV management wants to discuss the topic with the selection. The management of the Eindhoven club ‘does not look away’ and speaks Wednesday at training complex De Herdgang with trainer Roger Schmidt and the group of players ‘to see what is going on’.

Former Ajax chairman Michael van Praag calls the tweets from Noussair Mazraoui, Zakaria Labyad, Eran Zahavi and others to the newspaper ‘unwise’. “In their private lives they have every right to express their opinion. But I would like to ask them as an authority – and that are footballers even more than directors – not to do that”, says Van Praag, who also thinks that the management of Ajax will engage in conversation with the players. “We certainly would have done that at the time as a board and I think the current management will do that too.”

Various players abroad also expressed their solidarity with the Palestinians after Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem. “The world needs peace and love,” Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba wrote on Instagram. “Let’s all love each other. # Sprayforpalestine”. Achraf Hakimi (Internazionale), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) and Franck Ribéry (Fiorentina), among others, also showed compassion for the Palestinians on Twitter.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah took to Twitter with an appeal to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “I call on all world leaders, including the prime minister of the country where I have lived for four years, to do everything they can to ensure that the violence and murder of innocent people stops immediately,” said Salah. “Enough is enough.”

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