Trump’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has sparked condemnation and protests all over the world. In Scotland, Celtic Football fans responded to Trump during a game in Edinburgh’s Easter Road stadium, by raising Palestinian flags and huge banners blasting the US president.
Last week, Trump caused a global uproar after officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordering his administration to start the proces of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The celtic fans joined in on the global protest against Trump and proved once again their loyalty to the Palestinian cause. They had one simple message for the Donald: “Jerusalem is Palestine”.
Another banner blasted Trump with expletive language: “F*ck Trump.”
People on social media appreciated the gesture:
British commentator George Galloway was obviously pleased
Real Madrid club is known for helping Palestine but its fans are not as great as the celtics
A simple but perfect message indeed
Artist Carlos Latuff captures the moment through art
This is not the first time Celtic fans showing solidarity with the Palestinian people: Last year the club was fined over $10,000 by Europe’s soccer governing body because its fans waved Paletinian flags during a game against an Israeli team. In a brilliant comeback, the fans decided to raise an amount equal to the fine and donate it to Palestinian refugees. According to the Middle East Monitor, the fans actually exceeded their target and raised over $213,390 for Palestine. They even won FIFA’s 2017 Best Fan Award.
The club was penalized under the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) rule that forbids the use of “gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly messages that are of a political, ideological, religious, offensive or provocative nature.”