The Celtic faithful have reaffirmed their support to the plight of Palestinians, donating a cheque to the value of £176,000 to two Palestinian charities on Monday. Medical Aid for Palestine and Lajee Centre were the beneficiaries of the cheque which was handed over in outside the ground on the 29th of January.
Medical Aid Palestine (MAP) delivers healthcare to those “worst affected by conflict, occupation and displacement”, while the Lajee Centre, is a cultural and sports project for youths in Bethlehem.
Great turnout for match the fine for Palestine. Makes me proud to be a celtic supporter ?pic.twitter.com/Ps0fM7HhNJ
— Brendan'sGreen&White (@top_tipz) January 29, 2017
Celtic supporters have been sympathetic of Palestinians as they see the persecution exacted against them as similar to what Celtic supporters went through when the club was founded. Their club was founded in 1887 and played its first game in 1888 to raise funds for the relief of the poor Irish who had gathered in the East End of Glasgow, and Celtic fans have now banded together to aid relief for Palestinians.
Celtic fans raised the funds in an attempt to match a UEFA fine for displaying pro-Palestine flags at Celtic Park before the Champions League qualifier with Israeli team Hapoel Be’er Sheva in 2016.