Social media users were highly disappointed with Liverpool footballer Mohammed Salah after he called on the world leaders to end the “violence” without any mention of Palestine and the Israeli oppression on the country.
Salah decided to tweet amid public pressure but chose to be very cautious. Very generic statement. Using the term “violence” can go both ways depending on the narrative. Notice he didn’t mention Palestine or Palestinians, but posted a pic in front of the Aqsa on a separate tweet. https://t.co/deRbifqn4B
— طلال (@talal_alkhanfar) May 12, 2021
He urged Britain’s PM too by tagging him in his tweet to “do everything in his power” to ensure the “violence stops immediately”.
The footballer seemed to be referring to the bombings of Israel on Palestine that have intensified since the last couple of days, resulting in the death of at least 36 people, including over 9 children. Tensions have increased in the Gaza strip following the Israeli military’s sudden firing in Al Aqsa Mosque’s compound where worshippers were offering their late-night prayers in the final days of the holy month of Ramadan.
The bombardment on the besieged Gaza Strip took place on Tuesday and targeted many areas leading to the collapse of many buildings and destruction of homes captured on camera.
Salah’s appeal came on Wednesday midnight where he specifically called on Boris Johnson to make attempts to cease the killings.
His Twitter post read, “I’m calling on all the world leaders including on the Prime Minister of the country that has been my home for the past 4 years to do everything in their power to make sure the violence and killing of innocent people stops immediately.” “Enough is enough,” he added.
I’m calling on all the world leaders including on the Prime Minister of the country that has been my home for the past 4 years to do everything in their power to make sure the violence and killing of innocent people stops immediately. Enough is enough. @BorisJohnson
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) May 11, 2021
However, the tweet seemed to generalize the dreadful situation as it mentioned neither Palestine nor Palestinians. He was also criticized for speaking up late when many other players had already extended their support and given voice to Palestine.
The 28-year-old Egyptian footballer’s tweet gathered thousands of likes and retweets within no time with his 14.3 million followers on Twitter. The tweet urging the world leaders came soon after he posted a picture of himself standing at the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem.
Due to the several attacks on Gaza, at least 43 people have died, 13 of whom were children, the Palestinian health ministry said on Wednesday. Close to 250 people were left injured in the bombings.