"The attack on the school in Beit Hanoun is deplorable. #StopKillingChildrenInGaza.”A little later, he added this:
“If this was anybody else but Israel the West would intervene. It cannot continue. Innocent children being slaughtered. This must stop."Five minutes after this, Joey’s former Queen’s Park Rangers team mate, Israeli Yossi Benayoun replied:
“mate things can never changed (sic) you have been stupid and you will stay stupid all your life..embarrassing.”Joey responded:
1) “Firstly, you cannot call somebody stupid with such bad grammar. Secondly, you cannot and should not kill innocent children.”
2) “Thirdly, you cannot remove people from their land because a fictional book from thousands of years ago tells you can.”
3) “Last but not least, I hope you and your family are safe and well and remain so through this terrible time. xx”Later, Joey added:
"How can a God stand by and watch this? Or even condone this? Is this all part of his master plan?"And:
"The UN attempting to evacuate the school when the bombing took place? Asked IDF for window to evacuate. Not given. Children die as a result."And:
“This is not war. These are not combatants. They are just innocent children. This is ethnic cleansing.”Pretty courageous here, Joey. Don’t see many other celebs putting their balls on the rail like this.
Updates to Joey's timeline can be found here.
The reaction to Joey’s intervention was generally positive.
Here are the tweets found at the top of pile when I looked.
Carole @CaroleHK - 2m – “Joey Barton makes sense (for once) and I totally agree with him."
Rashad @Mourinholic - 17m – “Out of thousands of professional footballers, only Joey Barton and Mario Balotelli had the courage to speak the truth.”
Fahim Herrera @FAHIIM_MUFC - 25m - “Joey Barton preaching nothing but the truth.”
gilles @gillesoffthenet 27m - "Can't wait for Joey Barton to compare Israel & Palestine to two ugly birds scrapping in a nightclub."
Chelsea is our name @OurNameIsChels - 31m – “For the first time in history, more people agree with Joey Barton than not.”
John Sheridan EDL @JSEDL0 - 33m - “Joey barton and george galloway should get a civil partnership the lefty scumbags totally deluded pricks.”
James Whittaker @northstokie - 51m – “Joey Barton, saving the world from his armchair one tweet at a time...”
Michala Rudman @MichalaRudman 1h - “I appreciate Joey Barton for taking a humanitarian stance on #gaza & applaud him for not deleting tweets as other high profile people did..”
El-Hajj Muhsin X @MuhsinBashir 2h - “Barton? Wow! @nazrinredza: Mad respect for Joey Barton for standing up for Palestine against Yossi Benayoun.”
SportsBettingOnline @SBOpicks - 4h - “Joey Barton makes sense and sounds reasonable?! Yep it's true!”
Jokes Sepakbola @JokesSepakbola - 5h - “Joey Barton. #massiverespect.”
Soccer Memes @FBSoccerMemes - 5h - “In case you missed it, Joey Barton and Yossi Benayoun get into a HUGE Twitter fight over the Gaza conflict.”
Arsenefaithful @Arsenefaithful - “@Joey7Barton You don't know the facts. You have no opinion. Your right to freedom of speech should be revoked. #JoeyBarton #foolish.”
Tony Dortie @TonyDortie - “Joey Barton / Ballers talking Politics right up there wiv Glamour Models Lecturing on Quantum.”Anyway, good for you, Joey.
Even when they’re relatively peaceable, they’re moving into our neighbourhoods, laying down the law when they get there and ethnically cleansing us out of our own ancient stamping grounds.
They're also out-breeding us at a rate of knots.
All of which has been officially encouraged by bought-and-paid for politicians and the PC Crowd for more than fifty years. Enrichment by and inclusion of such folk have been traitor watchwords from before most of us were born.
Resentment of these institutionally promoted folk has caused some who imagine themselves to be patriots to take the part of the butcher in Palestine. The lack of sophistication and mindset of these can be appalling.
It doesn’t seem to occur to them that those who, since 1948, (and before) made life hell for the Palestinians, are to be found p***ing in the same pot as those who disenfranchised us here.
Think on this, you who don’t have a problem with the slaughter of women and children, as long as the slaughtered are Muslim and the slaughterers are Israeli: the race laws in this country have borne down upon the British people way more than ever they have upon the Muslim.
Muslims now run more than a hundred thousand commercial outlets, restaurants, corner shops and the like in this country. Very, very few patriots would disagree with the proposition that our politicians have been putting them a long way ahead of us for a very long time now.
And yet, where is the condemnation of those who are slaughtering their pets in Palestine? It’s almost non-existent, isn’t it? At the top level the mealy-mouthed hand-wringer rules.
Palestinian fireworks are morally equivalent to F111 war planes, tanks, drones, helicopter gunships, off-shore warships and the A-bomb. And 38 dead Israelis is as worthy of Westminster condemnation as 1,000+ dead Palestinians.
That’s what the craven, middle-of-the-road diplomacy of the top politician seems to suggest.
Anyway, that’s whom the 'patriot' supports when he sneers at the suffering of Palestinian Muslims who never did him any harm. Our politicians. Those who stole our world and gave it away to the Muslim, amongst many others.
Who prompted our politicians to do this? Whose demands made it all happen? Was it the Muslim? Was it the ‘others’ who insisted our world be forfeited to them?
No. What has happened here over the course of the last 66 years came about primarily as a result of the machination of one small sub-group. Representatives of just 0.5 per cent of the British population betrayed the remainder with a passion.
Check it out.
Are all you snarling ‘patriots’ quite so content to side with such Machiavellians now?