JiLiHOT Daily, October 19th, international news. Recently, all eyes have been on the situation in the West Bank as tensions escalate in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Western countries have been cautious in their statements, expressing concern but generally discouraging their citizens from engaging in extensive discussions. This is especially true for European countries like France, which is home to the largest Muslim and Jewish communities in Europe. Expressing an opinion on this matter could have irreversible consequences. Players from various regions of the top five football leagues have also made statements, including Ballon d’Or winner Benzema and Bundesliga player Elgazi, which has brought them some trouble.
JiLiHOT Daily：Benzema Supports Gaza Region, Manchester United Legend Cantona Shouts “Free Palestine”
With tensions escalating in Israel-Palestine, U.S. President Biden and UK Prime Minister Sunak have made visits to Israel. Internationally, no one dares to take rash actions, as a misstep could potentially lead to a third world war. Given the sensitivity of the situation, European countries have responded differently. France, home to the largest Muslim and Jewish communities in Europe, has taken measures to prevent conflicts and has announced a comprehensive ban on supporting pro-Palestinian demonstrations. However, some football players have expressed their opinions on their personal social media, drawing criticism from officials.
The most recent Ballon d’Or winner, Benzema, posted a message in support of the residents of Gaza: “We pray for the residents of Gaza, who are once again victims of unjust bombings, and women and children are not spared.” French Senator Valerie Boyer immediately called on authorities to strip Benzema of his citizenship and Ballon d’Or: “Let us remember that Benzema transferred to a Saudi Arabian team in June and holds dual French and Algerian citizenship. We cannot accept a prominent French figure with dual citizenship deceiving or even betraying our country.”
According to JiLiHOT Daily reports, French Interior Minister Darmanin further stated, “Benzema has connections with the Muslim Brotherhood,” and this statement is likely to make Benzema a target of criticism. Not only Benzema but also Bundesliga players Elgazi and Mazlav and Manchester United legend Cantona have made statements. Cantona stated, “Defending the human rights of Palestinians does not mean supporting Hamas. ‘Free Palestine’ does not mean anti-Semitism or driving out Jewish people; it means stopping the 2.3 million Palestinians who are living in the world’s largest open-air prison. Half of them are children.” While officials do not want the country to be drawn into the center of the conflict, in the eyes of the people, the question of whether individuals can enjoy a normal life is paramount.