December 10, 2023

On the weekend, NBA star Kyrie Irving, who has previously been accused of antisemitism, expressed solidarity with Gaza and the Palestinians by wearing a keffiyeh at a Dallas Mavericks game against the Milwaukee Bucks and during the press conference after the game. This gesture was celebrated in the Arab world, especially given the almost unanimous support for Israel among the NBA following the October 7 massacre. Irving’s choice of attire was not discussed, and he received criticism from Israel’s supporters and support from the Arab world. Irving, who has a history of supporting the Palestinians, also received backlash and praise on social media platforms for his recent show of solidarity with the Palestinians.