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Squash’s Number One: “I Hope That People Also Look At The Oppression Everywhere In The World.”

Egyptian star Ali Farag slammed Western media coverage of Ukraine and Palestine.

Jerusalem24 – In his victory speech at the Optasia Championship, the world’s number one squash player, Egyptian Ali Farag, stated that Western media’s coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine does not cover oppression everywhere in the world.

The squash champion called on people to talk about Palestine in the same way they talk about Ukraine. Farag said, “we’ve never been allowed to speak about politics and sports, but all of a sudden now it is allowed.” He then added, “So that we are allowed, I hope that people also look at the oppression everywhere in the world.”


Farag further criticized Western media saying that the Question of Palestine does not feature prominently in news as it “doesn’t fit the narrative of Western media.”

Western media coverage of Ukraine’s invasion has been criticized before as well. A network of Arab and Middle Eastern journalists said it had observed examples of racist coverage, normalizing war in non-European regions by contrasting the Ukrainians under siege from the middle-eastern nations.



Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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