Shahid Afridi clarifies his controversial selfie with pro-Israel members in Britain

Former Pakistan captain and all-rounder Shahid Afridi urged everyone to stop believing in everything that is uploaded on the internet and social media. His statement came after sparking controversy following a viral selfie with a group of Zionist members in the United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday, June 19.

The group of pro-Israel members in the United Kingdom (UK), called ‘North West Friends of Israel’, took to their release of Israeli hostages in Palestine.

“Pakistani international cricketer Shahid Afridi stopped to express his support for our call to release the hostages during our NWFOI vigil last Sunday in Manchester. Shahid is pictured with NWFOI co-chair Raphi Bloom and vice-chair Bernie Yaffe. Thank you for your support, Shahid! NW Friends Of Israel tweeted.

The tweet from the NW Friends of Israel sparked a debate over Shahid Afridi’s position on the ongoing war between Israel and Palestine. This promoted the former Pakistan captain to give his clarification, stating that a selfie with Zionist members believed to be an informal international with a fan as he strolled the streets of Britain.

“Imagine you’re strolling down a street in Manchester (UK) and so-called fans approach you for a selfie. You’re willing, and moments later they upload it as a form of Zionist endorsement. Unbelievable! Please don’t believe everything that’s out there uploaded.” Afridi wrote on X.

“It is truly heartbreaking to see innocent lives in Palestine suffering. Therefore, any photo or association shared in Manchester does not reflect my support for any situation where human lives are at stake.

I take photos with fans from all over the world, and this situation was no different.

I pray for peace, I pray for an end to this war, I pray for freedom,” he added.

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2024 08:49 IST

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