The Moroccan national soccer team raised Palestine’s flag after winning their historic world cup match against Spain to stand with the Palestinian struggle.
Morocco became the first Arab nation to reach the World Cup quarter finals, after beating Spain 3-0 in penalties on Tuesday Dec. 6.
Its goalkeeper, Yassine Bounou, saved two penalties, while Achraf Hakimi scored the decisive and third goal of the night.
The team’s group photo after the match shows the north African team posing and raising the Palestinian flag.
This is not the first time Palestine’s flag has been raised.
Morocco’s Jawad El Yamiq had raised the flag in celebration after the team won against Canada and qualified for the round of 16 earlier in the competition.
Spectators have also shown support to Palestine, with many bringing the flag and “Free Palestine” banners to the matches.
“Palestine is the 33rd country in the World Cup,” Abdullah Mansouri, a Moroccan fan told the New York Times. “Palestine is our cause, our struggle in the Arab world, in all the Arab world.”
Online, people have praised the team for standing up for the cause and are calling Palestine the winner of the World Cup.
“Every North African and Middle East team has made sure that the Palestine issue is prominent at every game,” ESPN writer, Mark Ogden, pointed out.
“Palestine is our second country, is our topic, is our identity — like humanity, like Muslim people,” another fan, Aicha Hajjaj told the New York Times. “They are suffering.”
“If any Arab country wins, then Palestine wins,” a Qatar teacher said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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