Israeli Basketball Supporters Attacked In Spain By Pro-Palestinian Protesters, Sparking Street Brawl


NEW YORK (VINnews) — Israeli basketball fans who travelled to the Spanish city of Bilbao to support the Hapoel Holon team playing there, were attacked by people waving Palestinian flags and shouting anti-Israel epithets. In response, the Israelis unfurled Israeli flags, sang Hatikva and responded by tearing down the Palestinian flags and burning them. The two sides then began a street fight, throwing chairs and other objects at one another. There were no reports of injuries in the incident.

The people with Palestinian flags were apparently locals who sympathize with the Palestinian cause but the Israelis were incensed at the attempt to utilize their presence for political purposes and tore the flags. Local sources claimed that the Israeli supporters instigated the response by tearing down Palestinian flags at a local pub.

Hapoel Holon was in Bilbao to compete in the consolation game of the international basketball championship. It lost 88-68, to MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, which took third place.

Likud MK Yuli Edelstein tweeted that he was “appalled by the manifestations of violence suffered by Hapoel Holon fans from the gangs of supporters of Palestinian terrorism in Bilbao.”

Edelstein called for  the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and Spanish authorities to recognize the attacks as anti-semitism and do more to protect visiting Israeli fans.

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