Controversial ex-All Black Sonny Bill Williams has been accused by the Israel lobby of “inciting hatred” after another extraordinary post about Israel on social media, calling supporters of Israel “cowardly Zionists”.
The football superstar turned boxer shared a video clip purporting to be the bombing of Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza with his 950,000 followers on X on Saturday.
“Wallahi (I swear to God), where is our Umma (Muslim community)? ” he wrote.
“Where are the so-called men charged with standing up and fighting for our voiceless – if these images are too horrific for you, REMEMBER these are the same people that parts of the media DEHUMANIZE, so you think that this genocide is justified.”
“All of you cowardly Zionists could not resist a day of fighting real men face to face. Allahu Akbar!!’
Sonny Bill Williams accused of inciting hatred with another controversial social media post regarding Israel
Williams called supporters of the State of Israel ‘cowardly Zionists’
Australian Jewish Community Executive Council co-CEO Alex Ryvchin said the former football star is using his platform to incite hatred against his fellow Australians and offered to meet Williams “anywhere and no ‘anytime’ to discuss the issue.
“His comments are reckless, dangerous and clearly misinformed,” Mr Ryvchin said News Corp..
“But to his many fans and supporters, they will seem convincing and serve to incite hatred and further destabilize our fragile social cohesion.”
“I’m sure Sonny Bill doesn’t want to do that and I would be willing to meet with him to discuss our perspectives and build bridges rather than make enemies.”
Williams, who converted to Islam in 2009, made headlines just weeks ago when he shared and liked an article claiming that Hamas militants who attacked Israel should be called terrorist fighters. freedom rather than terrorists.
Radio star Ray Hadley slammed Williams for the post and insisted the former football star’s comments were a “disgrace” and he should be sacked from his job as a commentator at Nine Entertainment.
On October 23, Williams launched another attack on Israel, claiming that the Jewish state’s actions amounted to “genocide.”
Williams shared a clip from an interview with Ezra Yachin, a 95-year-old Israeli army reservist on X.
Alex Ryvchin, of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, offered to meet Williams
Yachin said Israel was not responsible for killing Palestinian women and children if Hamas used them as human shields.
A clip from the interview also showed him telling Israeli soldiers: “Erase them, their families, their mother and their children. »
Williams told his supporters that “the propaganda machine that many of these cowards have hidden behind is slowly beginning to collapse.”
“It is our duty as humans to continue to improve ourselves in the face of the plight of the Palestinians,” Williams wrote.
“Seeing a coward who killed innocent people giving a pep talk to do the same is sad.
“But when you know that the majority of people he’s talking to will be fighting behind closed doors just pushing buttons that kill innocent people, it disgusts me.”
“All atrocities throughout history have dehumanized the oppressed, so that the oppression seems valid. Don’t let the propaganda fool you: this is not a war, it is a genocide.
Williams, a devout Muslim, has sparked controversy in the past with some of his other tweets, including retweeting social media star Andrew Tate.