In an overwhelming support of Palestine, the Scottish Celtic fans, AKA the Green Brigade, last week defied the UEFA ban of the Palestinian flag, raising it during a football match with the Israeli team, Be’er Sheva Hapoel.
Even after the Uefa imposed a “disciplinary charge” of about £80,000 for the team, The Green Brigades started a fundraising campaign at the Gofundme website, gaining support from all over the world. Raising the hashtag #matchthefineforpalestine, the contributions hit £136,687 within only three days.
The money will be used to pay the fine to the Uefa which considers the Palestinian flag to be an ‘illicit banner’, in addition, it will split £75,000 between the Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP) and Lajee Cultural Center in Bethlehem.
In response to raising the Palestinian flag and the fundraising campaign, PR officer at Lajee center, Mohammad AlAzraq said that the Palestinian people express warm thanks to the Green Brigades for their ongoing support of Palestine despite challenges and bans of activism, BDS and solidarity with Palestine.
The Celtic fans have worked in the past with the Lajee Cultural Center through several activities which included organizing cultural visits from Palestine to Scotland and solidarity stands for Palestine.