Gary Lineker re-tweets video of Israeli troops abusing Palestinian children

Gary Lineker re-tweets video of Israeli troops abusing Palestinian children

Electronic Intifada has reported how Gary Lineker objected to Israeli mistreatment of minors as “shameful”.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/celebrities-break-taboo-palestine.

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On Monday, British sports broadcaster Gary Lineker retweeted a tweet containing a video of Israeli soldiers abusing Palestinian children.

 The former England football star added just one word of commentary for his nearly seven million followers: “Sickening.”

The video embedded in the tweet quickly garnered almost a million views.

Originally published by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem on Sunday, the video shows Israeli soldiers rounding up children in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron in October.

 With such a major celebrity drawing attention to Israel’s violence against children, Israel’s propaganda machine went into damage control mode.

Peter Lerner, a former Israeli military spokesperson and now a “consultant,” admonished Lineker that “you’ve completely missed the point.”

“When kids throw stones they are a public menace. They need to be stopped,” Lerner claimed, without acknowledging that heavily armed Israeli occupation forces have no business invading the cities and lives of Palestinians.

“They should be stuffed into a small cage?” Lineker shot back, referring to a disturbing sequence in the video in which several handcuffed boys appear to be confined inside a wire box.

Lineker stood his ground as Lerner and other trolls accused him of justifying “terror” and implied he may be anti-Semitic.

In 2015, Lineker also came under attack when he tweeted about Israeli abuses of Palestinian human rights.

On Tuesday, Palme d’Or-winning director Ken Loach – a long-time supporter of Palestinian rights – tweeted his backing for Lineker’s stance.

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