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Supporting Palestine: Pink Floyd's Roger Waters praises Hamza

  • Published at 02:11 pm May 17th, 2021
Roger Waters-Pink Floyd- at protest march for Assange
File photo: Singer Roger Waters speaks during a protest against the extradition of Julian Assange, at the Parliament Square in London, Britain, on Saturday | Reuters

The musician says he has started a petition in his stance against the Israeli oppression on Gaza

Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters has praised Bangladeshi-origin English footballer Hamza Choudhury who showed solidarity with Palestinians on Saturday after his club Leicester City won the FA Cup.

After Leicester City beat Chelsea and won the trophy, Hamza and his teammate Wesley Fofana carried the Palestine flag at the Wembley Stadium in London and showed their support to the Palestinian people who are getting bombed by Israel.

Also read - Bangladeshi-origin footballer Hamza shows solidarity with Palestine after winning FA Cup

At least 197 people, including 58 children and 34 women, have been killed in Gaza since May 10 while Israel has reported 10 deaths, including two children, reports Reuters.

Waters showed his support for Hamza in a video on Facebook and also in a Twitter post.

In the video, the legendary musician and bassist for Pink Floyd said his "heart leapt with joy" after seeing such a young player taking the stand against oppression and desecration of human rights.

He also mentioned that he has started a petition in his stance against the Israeli oppression of Gaza.

"We will try and get FIFA and UEFA to tell the Israeli Football Association to tell very politely that until their country comprises with international law and ensures basic human rights for the people, to respectfully not bother turning up in international and club competitions," the musician added.

Waters also thanked all the Celtic supporters for being supportive of Hamza and ended his video with the statement: "If we're taking a knee against racism every Saturday, why aren't we all, players and fans, joining in this campaign to stop Israel operating against Palestine in the extremely racist system?"

Also read - Israel launches dozens of strikes as Gaza fighting enters 2nd week

In the Twitter post, Roger said that Hamza Choudhury is his hero for making such responsible action, and pointed out that Hamza should take a knee for Palestine the next Saturday as well.

“Hamza Choudhray my hero, come on you Foxes! Take a knee for Palestine next Saturday. Love R [sic],” the tweet read.

Meanwhile, Israel launched dozens of airstrikes in Gaza and Hamas kept up its rocket attacks on Israeli cities in fighting that spilt into a second week on Monday.

International calls mounted for a ceasefire, but there has been no sign of any imminent end to the most serious hostilities between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas Islamists in years.

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