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.