- Addo-Carr supports the Palestinian cause
- Star connects their struggle with indigenous issues
- Posted image with the text ‘One fight, one fight’
NRL star Josh Addo-Carr has voiced his support for Palestinians amid the major conflict between Israel and Hamas, linking their struggles to those of indigenous Australians.
The militant group Hamas – recognized by Australia as a terrorist organization – fired at least 3,500 rockets into Israel before armed militants stormed towns on Saturday, killing, wounding and capturing civilians.
In response, the Israeli army said on Monday it had hit more than 500 targets in the Gaza Strip in nightly retaliatory strikes on the impoverished and blockaded Gaza Strip, an enclave of 2.3 million people.
Officials there reported at least 413 Palestinian deaths.
Addo-Carr took to Instagram on Tuesday morning to show his support for Palestine and connect their struggles with those of indigenous Australians.
Josh Addo-Carr has expressed his support for the Palestinians amid a major conflict in Israel
Addo-Carr linked the struggle of the Palestinians to the plight of indigenous Australians in an Instagram post on Tuesday
The Bulldogs star shared an image of the indigenous flag next to the Palestinian flag with the caption “ONE STRUGGLE ONE FIGHT.”
Below the indigenous flag are the words ‘LAND BACK’ and the logo of the Black People’s Union (BPU), accompanied by Arabic script.
The BPU is a self-described ‘revolutionary organization that aims to empower Indigenous people in Australia through the pursuit of full self-determination and sovereignty’.
Daily Mail Australia in no way concludes that Addo-Carr supported Hamas’ shocking attack on Saturday morning.
Addo-Carr’s post comes just days after football violence Sonny Bill Williams shared and liked a post saying the Hamas militants who attacked Israel should be called freedom fighters instead of terrorists.
The Bulldogs star (pictured playing for the Indigenous All Stars in 2020) has never shied away from showing support for his culture
In doing so, he received an angry comment from radio star Ray Hadley, who said the ex-NRL and All Blacks star should be fired by Channel Nine for his stance.
Addo-Carr is a proud indigenous player who has never shied away from showing his support for his culture, even when it got him attacked online.
In 2022, he was subjected to a barrage of shocking racist abuse from an online troll after uploading a family photo on Australia Day.
Addo-Carr shared the photo of himself with his young daughter and son, all wearing T-shirts with the Aboriginal flag on them.
Addo-Carr has been criticized by some footy fans for his views and has been racially attacked by online trolls
“Happy Survival Day #mypeoplemypeople,” he captioned the photo.
That same year, Addo-Carr was named captain of the Indigenous All Stars squad for their match against the Maori All Stars.
Addo-Carr told the media at the time how proud it made him to lead his Indigenous teammates.
“Never in a million years did I think I would become a captain, especially on your cultural side,” he said.
“I was always inspired to be a player, but to be captain and lead the boys out there, that feeling is inexplicable.”