19-year-old Israeli-Arab Mamoon Qashoa was recently chosen for the under-19s Israeli national football side. Because apartheid.
So he did what any young man excited about this opportunity would do: posted it on his Facebook page.
Enter the haters.
On Thursday, 19-year-old Mamoon Qashoa shared a photo of himself wearing Over the weekend, one teenager’s selfie has sparked debate from Tunisia to the Gulf.
On Thursday, 19-year-old Mamoon Qashoa shared a photo of himself wearing the Israeli football shirt to his Facebook page.
He captioned the post in Arabic, writing: “my success comes only through God.”
The young Palestinian citizen of Israel had recently joined the under-19s national side, despite having previously promised to represent Palestine, according to media reports.
Qashoa, who is from the Arab-majority town of Tira in central Israel, also signed to play for Israeli club Hapoel Haifa over the summer.
His post soon went viral as individuals from across the Arab world slammed what they saw as a “Palestinian playing for the Zionist entity”.
Many of the nearly 2,000 comments on the original post are insults, while others accused him of betraying his homeland.
Meanwhile, on Twitter many quickly picked up on the story.
@AbdoZaid99 tweeted: “The traitor: Mamoon Qashoa from the occupied town of Tira is proud of his participation in the national youth team of the Israeli occupation, to take part on the 2019 championships.”
An Egyptian in Kuwait, @Om_3MK, wrote: “Mamoun Qashoa from Palestinian lands and he promised Palestinian fans to represent their national team. In the end he chose to represent the enemy’s team. Here lies treason to the homeland.”
A tweet from @motasem_alabady in Jordan added: “Mamoon Qashoa of Palestinian origin and identity chooses to represent the Zionist entity and will play against Ireland. He says: my success comes only through God. Here is the betrayal of the homeland.”
Deal with it! You cannot fight the truth and expect to win. This young man is happy and proud to be representing his country. He needn’t be sad and fight against those who have given him this opportunity, despite your attempts to have him believe your lies.
Meanwhile, here is Mamoon in action, as proudly uploaded to his Youtube channel.
Best of luck young man!