The former Austrian batsman and currently an International Cricket Council (ICC) referee, David Clarence Boon, has warned England cricket team batsman, Moeen Munir Ali 27, not to wear anti-Israel wristband during the ICC matches.
Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen Ali wore wristbands during the third Test match against India on July 28 that read Save Gaza and Free Palestine, while batting during England’s first innings against India at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
On July 28, England and Wales Cricket Board insisted they have no issue with Ali’s conduct. “As far as we are concerned, Ali has not committed any offense. It’s up to the ICC to decide what action, if any, Ali should face,” an ECB spokesperson said.
However, the record shows that the organized Jewry was not going to take criticism of Israel sitting down. Several Jewish groups have claimed Ali had donated money to the “anti-Semite” Hamas. They have claimed that recently Ali attended a fundraising event for the 1,200 Gaza victims of Israeli brutality.
Several former cricketers, such as, England’s Ajmal Shahzad and Kabir Ali, and Pakistan’s all-rounder Azhar Mahmood, supported Moeen Ali on twitter.
Several other sportsmen have come under Israel lobby’s axe in the past. On July 25, Malaysian cyclist Azizulhasni Awang was warned he risked being thrown out of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow if he repeated wearing gloves bearing the message Save Gaza. Awang was showing his support for Al-Quds Day.
Earlier this year, NBA basketball star, Tony Parker, came under powerful Jewish lobby group ADL, not even uttering a world against Holocaust or Israel – but for a picture taken with French comedian Dieudonne three years ago.
In March 2014, French footballer Nicolas Anelka was sacked by England’s West Bromwich Albion for showing a finger to the organized Jewry. Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro has backed-down from its earlier offer to Anelka fearing backlash from country’s Jewish groups.
“In their attempts to keep (anti-Israel) politics out of sport, governing bodies are hypocritical. Players should be allowed to express their personalities. David Boon and the ICC have made a political statement of their own. It’s not Moeen Ali’s statement that is in the wrong, but theirs,” writes Ally Fogg at the UK daily Guardian, July 29, 2014.