Arsenal Fans TV (AFTV), dismissed Moh Haider who has been a pundit with the YouTube channel for seven years over his pro-Palestinian activities, according to the pundit.
The football analyst who specializes in analyzing issues related to the Arsenal football club indirectly got involved in the crisis between Israel and Palestine which didn’t go down well with AFTV.
According to Moh Haider, AFTV dropped him because of his solidarity with the Palestinians after an Israeli rocket reportedly killed civilians in Gaza. But AFTV insisted that Moh Haider’s claim was not true but failed to state why the pundit was sacked.
Since the conflict between Israel and Palestine started, it was reported that Moh Haider appeared with a shirt on AFTV which showed the Palestinian flag customized on it, a practice that is reportedly against the policy of the YouTube channel.
Besides that Moh Haider is known to be very vocal about the plight of the Palestinians especially via his Twitter page using the hashtag #FreePalestine. The pundit took to Twitter recently to announce that he has an issue with the YouTube channel and the issue is related to his support for the Palestinians. He also claimed that he was sacked because he supported the embattled country.
In reaction to Moh Haider’s allegations and for calling those who are running AFTV “cowards”, the YouTube channel issued a statement to describe the Pundit’s allegations as baseless.
“We are aware of baseless and entirely unsubstantiated allegations that have been made against the channel over the past few days”, the statement read.
“AFTV has never censored any individual from contributing to the channel for their political beliefs and has always implored individuals to use their platforms to speak up for what they believe in.
“We were however disgusted to be labeled as “cowards” and “complicit in the suppression” of the Palestinian people for not taking a public stance against the situation.
“As a direct result of that statement the individual is no longer contributing to the channel.
“We @AFTVMedia stand united against all forms of injustice, racism, and discrimination. However, do not take a public stance on any such conflicts in the interest of supporting the diverse demographic of our channel.
“We will be making no further comment on the matter at this time.”
In a video he shared on Twitter after AFTV issued their statement to describe his allegations as baseless, Moh Haider was seen with a child on his lap. He said he would respond to AFTV’s statement when he is free to do so.
He said: “Firstly thank you to everyone who has come out in support and actually forced some sort of statement from AFTV.
“I will obviously respond but as you can see I’ve got other priorities right now which are far more important so once I’m done with the more important things in life I will respond.
“One thing I do want to say is all of this, the fallout, the root cause in Palestine. I don’t really want people to forget that important detail. It’s not about me. I’ve lost a place on a fan channel. When you compare that to people losing their lives, their homes, their limbs, and their children that is irrelevant in comparison.
“As for the statement, I will obviously dissect that because I think it is intentionally very misleading, it’s disingenuous, it’s not reflective of the truth.”
I’ve got other more important priorities right now, but as soon as I’m free I will take the time to respond appropriately.— Moh Haider (@ArsenalMoh8) May 20, 2021
Thanks for all of yours support & love, but what’s more important than me, is to put all of that energy into helping Palestine.#BDS#FreePalestine 🇵🇸✊🏽 https://t.co/DoQejixwY0 pic.twitter.com/clV3YJesQg
At the time of publishing this report, Moh Haider who said he is proud to have taken a stand on the crisis between Israel and Palestine had not made future statements regarding the crisis between him and AFTV.