In a widely shared Twitter post, Liverpool and Egypt star Mo Salah urged world leaders, specifically British Minister Boris Johnson, “to do everything in their power to make sure the violence and killing of innocent people stops immediately.”
But the post generated as much comment for what it didn’t say, as for what it did.
“Mo Salah, say it with me, Pal-es-tine,” tweeted law professor Khaled Beydoun of the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville School of Law in reply to Salah.
In an earlier tweet, Salah posted a photo of himself standing in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.
Dozens of people, including women and children, have been killed and hundreds more injured in Israeli bombing raids across Gaza this week, according to Palestinian health officials. While militants in Gaza have fired more than 1,000 rockets into Israel in recent days, killing at least five Israeli citizens and injuring 200 more, the Israeli military said.
Salah isn’t the only high-profile Premier League footballer tweeting about the escalating violence between Palestinians and Israel, notably Manchester City stars Benjamin Mendy and Riyad Mahrez have both tweeted to show their solidarity with the Palestinians.
Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi and Porto’s Moussa Marega also tweeted their support of Palestinians.
Last weekend, players of Chilean first division club Palestino — founded in 1920 by Palestinian immigrants — wore the keffiyeh, a chequered black and white traditional Arab scarf, before their match against Colo-Colo to show their support for Palestinians.
On Wednesday, British PM Johnson tweeted: “I am urging Israel and the Palestinians to step back from the brink and for both sides to show restraint. The UK is deeply concerned by the growing violence and civilian casualties and we want to see an urgent de-escalation of tensions.”