100 days 07/10. With the inscription ‘Star of David’, symbol of Jewish nationality.
The words were written on the left wrist brace. In celebration of the goal, the goal scorer Shegiv Zehezikel presented that message in front of the camera. As his nationality is Israeli, the content of the text did not require much effort.
Supposedly, Ezekiel spoke of 100 days of Israel-Hamas war. And 07/10 is even easier – October 7, the day Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel. 1140 Israelis lost their lives that day, Hamas captured another 250. But in response, Israel launched a series of attacks on Gaza, killing nearly 24,000 Palestinians! It is believed that the people of Israel demanded the release of the arrested Israelis claiming to be victims of ‘crime’.
This is what happened yesterday in the Super League, the highest level of Turkish football. Jehezikel’s team went to play Trabzonspor at Antalyaspor, scoring the goal that equalized the team in a 1-1 draw.
The 28-year-old Israeli rightback is now paying the price for spreading this hateful message against Palestine. There were reports that he had been arrested, but it was later revealed that this was not the case. Turkey’s Justice Minister Yisrael Tunk said it would be investigated whether Zehezikel did so to spread hatred. Jezekiel was extradited back to Israel after testifying in court today. The news agency Reuters also published the photo of Jehezekiel at the Tel Aviv airport.
However, the club canceled the contract of Antalyaspor Zehezikel.
“The public prosecutor’s office in Antalya has launched a judicial investigation against Israeli footballer Shegiv Zehezikel for his efforts to spread hatred through his hateful celebration on behalf of Israel despite its indiscriminate killings in Gaza” – on social media X (formerly Twitter) after the incident yesterday. Written by Yilmaz Tunk. Calling Israel’s attack on Gaza “genocide,” he wrote, “We always stand with the oppressed Palestinians.”
Jehezikel’s club Antalyaspor said they have terminated Jehezikel’s contract because it goes against the values of their country. The Turkish Football Federation applauded Antalyaspor’s decision and wrote, ‘We condemn the abominable behavior of footballer Segev Zehezikel in Antalyaspor’s match against Trabzonspor today. Antalyaspor’s decision to kick this player out of their team seems appropriate in our eyes.’
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has always been pro-Palestinian, calling Israel a “terrorist state” and Hamas an “independence group” since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.