Arsenal are being pressured by one of their sponsors to take action against Mohamed Elneny after the Egyptian midfielder tweeted support of the Palestinian people.
Mohamed Elneny tweeted during the week “my heart and my soul and my support for you
my heart and my soul and my support for you Palestine 🇵🇸 ✌️ pic.twitter.com/ywrpPk5Xmf
— Mohamed ELNeny (@ElNennY) May 10, 2021
The JC pushed Arsenal for a statement on the tweet with the club telling them that Elneny was entitled to express his opinion but that they would be “speaking to Mo about this so he understands the wider implications”.
They also report that Board of Deputies of British Jews official, Tal Ofer contacted the Lavazza Group, which sponsors Arsenal and makes coffee, who said, “We’ll immediately reach out to Arsenal to remark we are concerned about the club associated with such a message.
“Content of this post is totally not aligned with our company values. Lavazza Group is fully committed against racism and antisemitism.”
Ofer also contacted Adidas about the issue, although they did not respond while he also called on the FA to suspend Elneny. “I am also sad that Arsenal did not want to deal with this more seriously, I would expect better from them than this,” he added.
It shouldn’t need saying but it is perfectly possibly to criticise the state of Israel for their actions without being anti-Semitic, just like it is possible to criticise Italy without being anti-Catholic.
Elneny didn’t even do that, he simply offered solidarity with people who are being wiped from the face of the planet by a nuclear state. If that’s not a message you want to get behind then that says more about your company than Mohamed Elneny.
Violence is never the answer and, while both sides claim they are simply defending themselves, when one side has total and utter control over the other, it is anything but a fair fight.
You can't afford to be neutral in the Israel-Palestine conflict, can you?
When I taught geopolitics in my high school geography class, I used this map to illustrate how territories are shaped by political events.
— TJ Cipriano 🌏 (@bigbrotherteej) May 11, 2021