Oct.12 (GMM) Fernando Alonso has broken ranks to speak out about the devastating situation unfolding in Israel and Palestine.
With the world of Formula 1 not too far away in Qatar at the weekend, Hamas fired thousands of rockets into Israel and also launched a terrorist ground strike, involving the kidnapping, killing and butchering of Jews.
But the biggest single-day loss of Jewish life on earth since the Holocaust also triggered a furious response from the Israeli military, sparking sympathy but also anti-Semitic protests in support of the Palestinian people across the West.
Amid the complex story, F1 drivers have remained silent.
But the sport’s longest-serving and oldest current driver, Fernando Alonso, broke ranks with a social media post condemning the Hamas attack.
The Spaniard’s comments were apparently triggered by the news that dozens of Jewish babies were discovered dead and mutilated – and in some cases beheaded.
“Children deserve to grow up protected in a safe world,” Alonso, who is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, wrote.
The comments accompanied a Spanish-language UNICEF poster declaring that: “Nothing justifies the murder, mutilation or kidnapping of children, which constitute serious violations of their rights.”