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Celtic fans fly Palestinian flags during Hapoel match

Despite ban, pro-Palestinian backers of Glasgow club display flags en masse from stands of Scottish stadium

Celtic fans display Palestinian flags during match with Hapoel Beersheba in Glasgow, August 17, 2016. (Screenshot)
Celtic fans display Palestinian flags during match with Hapoel Beersheba in Glasgow, August 17, 2016. (Screenshot)

Fans of Celtic FC flew hundreds of Palestinian flags while cheering from the stands against Hapoel Beersheba in a Champions League match in Glasgow on Wednesday.

The display was done despite a ban by officials in the Scottish stadium. Scottish police, too, had urged fans not to bring in Palestinian flags, under threat of arrest, according to the Daily Record.

Organizers of the group Palestine Alliance also handed out flyers on the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, which Palestinians call the Nakba, or “catastrophe.”

The defiant move by the Celtic supporters was hailed by Palestinian Twitter users and activists online.

Celtic went on to defeat Hapoel Beersheba 5-2 in the match.

The two teams are set to play against each other again next week.

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