Nir Biton is in bother with some Celtic fans after voicing his thoughts on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
The Hoops midfielder – born in Ashdod – took to Instagram on Thursday night showing his support for his country.
As many as 240 Palestinians have been killed since July 8 after Israeli forces launched a series of air strikes in a bid to “crush” Hamas forces in the Gaza Strip.
It’s believed 80 per cent of those killed were civilians and many children.
Biton’s first post was of a picture with the following which has been translated:
“He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Force, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.
“May Hashem cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighting men from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor.
“May He lead our enemies under their sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is Hashem, your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.
“Now let us respond: Amen.”
This sparked an outcry of criticism, and Biton then followed up with this post:
Celtic fans have tweeted heavily condemning the midfielder for wading into the controversial issue:
Gotta think Nir Biton will be out the door now. I for one would like to know what the caption on that photo means tbh.
— Jack Mc (@Jack__McNamara) July 17, 2014
Celtic better come down hard on Nir Biton because it's unacceptable behaviour for a celtic player
— JiHadi Paddy (@HennanJack) July 17, 2014
Biton’s Hoops team-mate Anthony Stokes earlier criticised the Israel Defence Force on Twitter: