Israeli Soccer Player Arrested in Turkey After Showing Support for Israeli Hostages

Israel’s Sagiv Jehezkel was arrested over the weekend for allegedly inciting hatred after he wore a message on a wrist band that showed support for the hostages who were kidnapped during Hamas’ October 7 terrorist attack.

Jehezkel, playing for Turkish club Antalyaspor, celebrated his match-tying goal against Trabzonspor by making a heart sign with his hands and showing the message on his wrist wrap that said: “100 Days 7.10”.

Turkey’s justice minister, Yilmaz Tunc, said that authorities in Antalya “launched a judicial investigation against Israeli football player Sagiv Jehezkel for the crime of ‘publicly inciting the public to hatred and hostility’ due to his ugly action supporting the massacre committed by Israel in #Gazze after the goal he scored in the Antalyaspor-Trabzonspor Super League match played today.”

The message came exactly 100 days after more than 200 hostages were taken during Hamas’ terror attack against Israel. 

“I once again condemn the attacks of Israel, which has committed crimes against humanity by committing genocide in Gaza, regardless of children or women, young or old, for more than 100 days,” Tunc said. “We will always continue to stand by the oppressed Palestinians.”