Lega Serie A teams Juventus and Inter Milan marked their faces in red during a match as a gesture of support for Palestinian grandfather Khaled Nabhan.
Social media users widely circulated a video clip purporting to feature players from Lega Serie A teams Juventus and Inter Milan marking their faces in red during a match as a gesture of support for Palestinian grandfather Khaled Nabhan.
Nabhan bid farewell to his granddaughter Reem by embracing her lifeless body, kissing her eyes, and stroking her hair and face, calling her the "soul of my soul."
Misbar investigated the viral footage and found the claim to be misleading.
Serie A Players Show Solidarity With Women Against Violence
The video does not depict Juventus and Inter Milan players with red markings on their faces in support of a man from Gaza amid the current Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.
The footage, originating from November 26, 2023, actually features players from the Italian teams expressing solidarity with women in a campaign aimed at preventing violence.
In a collective show of support, players and coaches throughout Serie A adorned their faces with red marks. This symbolic gesture was part of a campaign aimed at raising awareness for the elimination of violence against women. The timing of this initiative coincided with rallies held across Italy to observe the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Notably, on the same day, an Italian man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend was extradited from Germany. The campaign's slogan, translated to English, conveyed a powerful message: "a red card against violence."
Who Is Khaled Nabhan?
Khaled Nabhan, who tragically lost his three-year-old granddaughter in an Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip, holds onto her memory in a poignant way. He fastens her earring on his collar, cherishing the only tangible memento he has left of young Reem. The heart-wrenching images of Nabhan bidding farewell to his granddaughter garnered widespread attention as he embraced her lifeless body, tenderly kissing her eyes and stroking her hair and face, referring to her as the "soul of my soul."
Speaking about the heartbreaking moment, Nabhan revealed that he was unaware of being filmed at that vulnerable time. The family awoke to the devastation caused by Israel's bombing of their house in Nuseirat Refugee Camp, leaving them trapped under the rubble. While Nabhan's son and daughter suffered injuries, Reem and her 5-year-old brother Tariq tragically lost their lives.
Israel Resumes Bombardment in Besieged Gaza Strip After Truce
Israeli forces resumed their bombardment of the Gaza Strip, resulting in more than 180 casualties and hundreds of injuries, as reported by Palestinian officials. The renewed attacks followed the expiration of a week-long truce. Eastern areas of Khan Younis in southern Gaza faced intense bombardment as the deadline lapsed, with columns of smoke rising into the sky.
Gaza health officials revealed that Israeli airstrikes had claimed the lives of 184 people, injured at least 589 others, and damaged over 20 houses. The United Nations expressed deep concern, stating that the ongoing conflict would exacerbate an already dire humanitarian crisis. Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the U.N. humanitarian office in Geneva, remarked, "Hell on Earth has returned to Gaza."