Pro-Palestine group Al-Awda protests Cavaliers vs Maccabi Tel Aviv game!/h2osmosis/status/518883343338049538

A group of several dozen pro-Gaza protesters gathered outside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Sunday to protest an exhibition game with Maccabi Tel Aviv and pro-Israel comments made by coach David Blatt this summer.

@JasonLloydABJ What is their beef?

— Thomas D. Shuster (@107Armor) October 5, 2014

Blatt, the first Israeli to be appointed an NBA head coach, said in an interview with Globes that Operation Protective Edge was “Israel’s most justified war I can remember in recent years. I’m really sorry about what’s happening in Gaza, but there’s no doubt that we had to act there, so that Israel will have quiet there once and for all, and we can live in peace.”

ICYMI: Pro-Palestine group to protest Cleveland Cavaliers game against Maccabi Tel Aviv via @clevelanddotcom #gaza

— Brandon Blackwell (@BlackwellTweets) October 2, 2014

Several dozen protesters outside Q prior to tonight's #Cavs game vs Maccabi Tel Aviv

— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) October 5, 2014

Ah yes. Protest the fucking Cavs cause they're playing an Israeli team. Brilliant.

— Richard McCreedy (@RichMcCreedy) October 5, 2014

"NBA plays basketball. Not politics." #CLE #CAVS #FreePalestine

— Rimah Jaber (@rimahjaber) October 5, 2014

Peacefully protesting in #CLE and of course pro-Israelis come at us with curses and middle fingers. #CAVS #NBANotPolitics #FreePalestine

— Rimah Jaber (@rimahjaber) October 5, 2014

@rimahjaber @simsemuhz Thank you for your bravery at the protest. #FreePalestine #Cavs #CavsNation

— Akshai Singh (@chezrebellion) October 5, 2014

Racism in #CLE at its finest. Palestinian supporters had two rows of bars in front of us. Israeli support? None.

— Rimah Jaber (@rimahjaber) October 6, 2014


— Bruh. (@Adela_143) October 5, 2014

No one told "coach" Blatt to bring politics into sports. He did this to himself. #Palestine

— Bruh. (@Adela_143) October 5, 2014

Unintimidated, Coach Blatt and the group Friends of IDF this morning hosted a reception at the venue honoring a dozen IDF soldiers wounded in action.

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