The 17-year-old received a personalized soccer jersey from the team in a visit to the Spanish capital | UZI DANN
Just hours before their Madrid derby against Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid found time to host Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, who served eight months in prison for slapping an Israeli soldier and became a symbol of the Palestinian struggle.
Tamimi, accompanied by her father, came to Spain to participate in various political events. But at Real Madrid’s invitation, she visited the team’s home stadium, Santiago Bernabeu.
There, she met with Emilio Butragueño, the former forward and a current senior manager of the club. Tamimi was also given a Real Madrid soccer jersey with her name on it.
Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon blasted the club on Twitter. “The prestigious soccer club of Real Madrid embraces a terrorist inciting to hatred and violence. Shameful,” he tweeted. “What does this have to do with the values of soccer?”
The gesture reflects the large sympathy amongst the Spanish people for the just cause of the Palestinian people despite the open support by the Spanish government, a member of the NATO bloc, and the Spanish monarchy for the Zionist entity.
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