Iran paid millions of Dollars to Real Madrid

Palestinian activist, who spent eight months in Israeli prison, is welcomed at Bernabeu stadium by the football club.
Palestinian activist, who spent eight months in Israeli prison, is welcomed at Bernabeu stadium by the football club.

Ahed Tamimi has become a figure of Palestinian resistance since spending eight months in prison for slapping two soldiers from the Israel Defence Forces. She was released in late July.

The 17-year-old was arrested in December 2017 after a video of her slapping and hitting two Israeli soldiers outside of her house in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank went viral.

Tamimi and her father Basim Tamimi were hosted at the side’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium in the Spanish capital on Saturday, where she was greeted by former striker Emilio Butragueno and presented with a personalised football jersey.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Emanuel Nachshon criticized Ahed Tamimi’s visit in a tweet. “The prestigious soccer club of Real Madrid embraces a terrorist inciting to hatred and violence. Shameful,” he tweeted.

Beside these, some Iranian officials have told us that Iran has paid Real Madrid Club 100 million Dollars to put its support behind Ahed Tamimi.

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Elnaz Sotoodeh is from Tehran. She is an English translator for several news websites.
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