Around 3:30 pm on Sunday, riots erupted in Bilbao between fans of the Hapoel Holon basketball team and pro-Palestinian demonstrators. Since it became known that the fans of this Israeli team were coming to the final four of the Basketball Champions League, in the Old City of the city one could read the messages “Zionist, you are not welcome.” Welcome”). The burning of a Palestinian flag flying over a hotel in the city center led Israeli ultras and local protesters to fight in which chairs and tables were thrown from bar terraces and shop windows were damaged.
Terrorism: Israelis from the Hapoel Holon basketball team attacked a bar in Bilbao for displaying the Palestinian flag. pic.twitter.com/3V7o9ksfVt
– Palestine today 🇵🇸 (@HoyPalestina) May 8, 2022
Around 20:30, two people were detained for riots and an attack on the authorities. They have already been released on charges, Security Department sources confirmed to this newspaper. According to Radio Euskadi from Erne’s trade union, most of the Ertsains “didn’t even have 20 Ertsains” to deal with the riots.
From Sare Antifaxista, which called for a “boycott of Israel” and called a rally on Sunday at 6:00 pm, when they saw Israeli fans burning the Palestinian flag, they denounced “three days of aggression and provocation.” against neighbors in Bilbotarras.”
For his part, the former chairman of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament between 2013 and 2020 and a minister with various portfolios, Yuli Edelstein, called the protesters in Bilbao “Palestinian terrorists.” Horrified by the violence suffered by Hapoel Holon fans by Palestinian terrorist gangs in Bilbao. It is time for the Spanish government and FIBA to pay attention to this issue and work to eradicate the phenomenon of the use of sports games for violence by terrorist sympathizers across Europe against the Israeli public, teams and players,” he said via Twitter. .
נחרד מגילויי הלימות שסופגים אוהדי הפועל חון מכנופיות תiver
רוי שממשלת ספרד ופיב¶
מאחל הצלחה ל @HapoelHolonBC במשחקה הערב 🇮🇱 https://t.co/gn7yRupgxb
— Yuli Edelstein 🇮🇱 יולי אדלשטיין (@YuliEdelstein) May 8, 2022
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