Palestine ambassador given VIP tour of Celtic Park as he thanks fans for incredible 2016 crowdfunding efforts
A PALESTINE ambassador was given a VIP tour of Celtic Park as he thanked Hoops fans for their incredible crowdfunding efforts three years ago.
Dr Husam Zomlot touched down in Scotland this week for the first time since taking his new role as Palestine’s head of mission to the UK.
In 2016, the Scottish champions were fined £8,000 for a huge pro-Palestine fan demonstration against Israeli outfit Hapoel Beer Sheva.
But the charge was dwarfed by the £176,000 raised online for Middle East charities in a bid by fans to match what they thought would be a far harder hit.
And Mr Zomlot paid homage to the extraordinary sum raised by thanking the club and its supporters today during a trip to the stadium.
A tweet from the Palestine in the UK Twitter account read: “H.E. Dr @hzomlot visited today @CelticFC to deliver a message of thanks from the Palestinian people to the club and Celtic fans for #Palestine for their wholehearted and unwavering support for our cause. #YoullNeverWalkAlone”.
The Celtic fans campaign was backed by Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters in 2016, who played a montage of pictures of the Green Brigade waving Palestinian flags during one of his packed out concerts.
The music icon said at the time: “Thousands of Celtic supporters turned up, they carried Palestinian flags and banners.
“Uefa, in its incredible imbecility decided to fine Celtic for that display of inappropriate images and banners.
“So the supporters banded together, great Glaswegians that they are, and said, ‘We’re not having that’
“They started a fund that was called ‘match the fine’ and they distributed it to Palestinian charities.
Pleasure to welcome the UK’s #Palestinian Ambassador Dr Husam Zomlot @hzomlot to the City Chambers on the first leg of his Scottish tour where we talked about the twinning arrangement between Glasgow and Bethlehem and our future plans. #twincities pic.twitter.com/qNpsFeCMgv
— Lord Provost Glasgow (@LordProvostGCC)
The Scottish Parliament officially welcomes H.E Dr. @hzomlot on his first visit to Scotland 🏴 since taking his new role as head of the Palestinian Mission to the UK 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/FX7JUCECxt
— Palestine in the UK (@PalMissionUK)
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“Good on you Celtic supporters, I’m an Arsenal supporter myself, but in this particular instance I’m with you all the way.”
Meanwhile the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Eva Bolander, also met up with Mr Zomlot during the first part of his Scotland visit.
She tweeted: “Pleasure to welcome the UK’s #Palestinian Ambassador Dr Husam Zomlot @hzomlot to the City Chambers on the first leg of his Scottish tour where we talked about the twinning arrangement between Glasgow and Bethlehem and our future plans. #twincities”.
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