Instagram silences Israeli soccer star by blocking his account after war remarks

The Instagram account of Tottenham Hotspur player Manor Solomon was initially closed following allegations that he was using it for pro-Israel propaganda; Meta says it happened by mistake and had nothing to do with the content

Nadav Zanziper|
Instagram temporarily suspended on Wednesday the account of Israeli soccer star Manor Solomon.
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The decision to close the account of the Tottenham Hotspur player and Israeli national team member came following numerous reports by pro-Palestinian users who claimed he was using it for propaganda purposes in favor of Israel.
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מנור סולומון נגד שפילד יונייטד
מנור סולומון נגד שפילד יונייטד
Israeli Tottenham Hotspur player Manor Solomon
(Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP)
Solomon promptly submitted a request to Instagram to reinstate his account, which was subsequently granted. According to The Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur reached out to Meta, the parent company of Instagram, to facilitate the reactivation of Solomon's account. This was accompanied by assurances from the player that he would refrain from posting content critical of the Palestinians.
A source close to Solomon told The Telegraph: “It's ridiculous. He didn't make any anti-Palestine posts, just support for his own country."
Manor Solomon has been actively involved in talking about the war and the murderous Hamas terror attack on communities in Gaza border communities on October 7. He publicly criticized UEFA for its reluctance to condemn the terrorist organization.
Even before the account was restored, the Israel Football Association expressed support for Solomon on Twitter. It posted on the X social media platform featuring an image of Solomon with his face partially covered, alongside the Instagram logo.
Nevertheless, Meta responded to the suspension of Manor Solomon's Instagram account, stating: "The account was blocked by mistake and will be reinstated promptly. The account was not removed due to any specific content posted on it."
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