CAIRO – Spain’s football giant FC Barcelona has angered Muslim fans by inviting released Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit as a guest of honor to a derby game with rival Real Madrid next month.
“Gilad Shalit's invite is a new cover up of Zionist crimes under the pretense of sports,” a Gaza-based prisoners’ organization said in a statement cited by Yediot Aharonot on Thursday, September 27
“How can a dignified sports club, which calls for culture and humanity, invite a murderer and criminal like Shalit to honor and thank him?"
The football giant has extended a VIP invitation to Shalit, who was released last year after five years in captivity by Palestinian resistance group, to attend a derby match with Real Madrid on October 7.
“Barcelona is a place of unity not divisions,” the club’s vice president, Carles Vilarrubí, told reporters.
“This invitation does not indicate in any way that Barca takes a position in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”...Had Carles any stones, he would have pointed out that Shalit was in Israel when he was captured by members of Hamas, and that his kidnappers were the criminals.