History of support for Palestine

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  1. soccer_historian1

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    Hi all, I am a university student and footballer from the states. I was hoping to gain some insight into the origins of the support for Palestine that has been demonstrated throughout the years. I am searching for information from a purely historical perspective. I understand that Palestinian flags began to be flown by supporters at matches ~ 2002-2003, but I would love to discover a more solid origin match or date. Thanks!
     
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    The more politically active members of our support have always supported the Palestinian struggle, as there are obvious similarities with the anti-colonial liberation struggle in Ireland.

    However, since the Irish struggle has come to a partial agreement (that is, the violent confrontation with the state forces has been scaled down significantly, though the struggle for independence continues) Palestine has become the more pressing issue and therefore where political energy would previously have focused predominately on the Irish struggle, it is now directed at those struggles which have yet to reach a satisfactory outcome.
     
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    I recall support for the Palestinian cause in the Jungle in the 80's. Not sure of a particular moment that brought it into focus
     
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    Aye, it's always been there just as there was always support for the Basque country and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.

    But I think the Palestinian issue has becoming particularly pronounced in recent times. For instance, if you flick through photos of the Jungle in 70s 80s and even 90s, it's pretty much exclusively Irish tricolours. There's a greater mix of flags today. You could easily pick out Palestine flags at any of our games for the past ten years.
     
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    Thank you all for the replies. Would you attribute the increased concentration of Palestinian flags seen in the last ten years to greater levels of organization from groups like the Green Brigade whereas previous demonstrations were more individually driven? Also, are there any songs/chants that refer to Palestine, specifically any that may have been modified from previous songs?
     
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    Any good examples of anti Israeli songs/chants sung? Would you say Israel holds some of the same political representation that England does in terms of being an oppressive power?
     
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    The creation of dedicated supporters groups definitely has had an effect.

    There are no songs or chants about Palestine, that I'm aware of.


    We don't sing anti-Israeli songs.

    In regards to the second question, no.
     
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    I remember seeing a picture of someone taking a * on their flag a few months ago... Never heard any anti Israel songs mind you :56:
     
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    What a waste of time. :56:
     
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    Aye, sure ye are :giggle1:
     
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    Met this lovely old couple on the flight back from Rome. They lived in Gaza. They asked me to share this card with as many people as I could. His wife Jan is making a tapestry to represent the history of Palestine. She has already contributed to a tapestry during the apartheid regime in SA. Please if you have time send them an email or check out their website. He asked for some constructive criticism or suggestions on what to add to it.
    He had a lot of praise for our fans and his wife thanked me for our continued support for Palestinian people