Former Footballer Attacked on Twitter for Sharing Video of Caged Palestinian Children

Former England footballer attacked by former senior Israeli official and Israeli supporters for criticizing abuse of human rights.

(MEE— Former England footballer Gary Lineker has been hounded by Israel supporters on Twitter after sharing a video of young Palestinian children being held in a small cage by Israeli forces.

The video, published by the human rights group B’tselem, shows Israeli soldiers gathering and violently detaining Palestinian youths in Hebron in the illegally occupied West Bank, on 13 October.

Gary Lineker vs. Former IDF Spokesperson

Ex-England star and football pundit Gary Lineker was hounded on Twitter for sharing a video of Palestinian children in cages

Posted by Middle East Eye on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Lineker, who now presents the BBC’s flagship Match of the Day highlights show, shared a tweet containing the video which had originally been posted by Ben White, a pro-Palestinian journalist and activist and occasional Middle East Eye contributor, and added the comment “sickening.”

White’s tweet was also shared by the UK branch of Amnesty International, which called on its supporters to sign a petition urging the British government to ban trade with illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Following his tweet, Lineker found himself in a row with the former spokesman for the Israeli army, Peter Lerner, who told him he had “completely missed the point.”

In response to Lineker, Lerner said his tweet was “lacking context”.

According to AFP, there are some 6,500 Palestinians currently detained by Israel for a range of offences and alleged crimes. There are 1,100 political prisoners, according to rights groups.

While Israel supporters attacked Lineker for his tweet, others expressed support for his “condemning” of the violence used.

Lineker’s tweet was also picked up and shared by other high-profile supporters of Palestine including Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters and film director Ken Loach.

Other users replied directly to Lerner in support of Lineker.

This is not the first time Lineker has found himself in a row on Twitter after posting pro-Palestinian content. In 2015, Lineker was attacked for sharing a video from Electronic Intifada, a pro-Palestinian online publication, showing Israeli soldiers shooting a Palestinian who had been throwing stones.

In a subsequent tweet, Lineker wished his followers a happy Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, which began on Tuesday evening.

A report released by the BBC in July revealed Lineker was the organisation’s second-highest earner, with an annual salary of £1,750,000-£1,799,999.

Lineker has also previously presented Champions League football for Al Jazeera Sports, now known as beIN Sports.

Lineker was a prolific striker who was top scorer at the 1986 World Cup and also helped England to reach the semifinals of the 1990 tournament. His club sides included Barcelona, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.

Earlier this month he hosted the draw in Moscow for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

B’tselem later tweeted thanks to Lineker for sharing the video and described the Israeli soldiers’ treatment of the children depicted in the video as routine in the West Bank.

By MEE staff / Republished with permission / Middle East Eye / Report a typo

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