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Usman Khawaja Finds a New Interesting Way to Express Solidarity with Palestinians

Melbourne: Australia’s renowned cricketer, Usman Khawaja, has devised a new, interesting way to express solidarity with Palestinians.

Usman Khawaja has launched a line of T-shirts under the title of “Freedom and Equality”, featuring shoes he was banned from wearing by the International Cricket Council (ICC) during the Test Series between Australia and Pakistan

The T-shirts feature various slogans to draw global attention to the Israeli aggression in Gaza that has resulted in the deaths of 24,285, including over 10,400 children and 7,100 women, and 61,154 Palestinians have been injured severely, and more than 8,000 Palestinians have been missing under the rubble since October 7, presumably dead. According to UNICEF,  more than 10 children a day lose one or both legs in Gaza due to Israeli attacks.

Furthermore, 70% of the infrastructure in Gaza has been either completely destroyed or damaged in Israeli attacks. According to the United Nations, relentless Israeli attacks in Gaza have led to the largest displacement of Palestinians since 1948, leaving over 2 million people, or 85% population of the Gaza Strip, displaced out of its total population of 2.3 million. The UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths has said that “Gaza has simply become uninhabitable”.

Before this, Usman Khawaja had adopted unique ways to express solidarity with the oppressed Palestinians and bring Israeli aggression to the world’s attention.

Recently, during the second Test match between Pakistan and Australia in Melbourne, he sought permission to place a symbol of peace on his bat and shoes. However, the ICC denied him permission. Earlier, during a Test match, the ICC had stopped Usman Khawaja from wearing shoes with slogans like “Freedom is a human right” and “All lives are equal.” In response, he played the match wearing a black band.

On the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Usman Khawaja wrote that all profits from the sale of T-shirts would be donated to UNICEF Children of Gaza. He stated that the T-shirts would be available in all sizes and colors. Usman Khawaja urged people to buy as many of these T-shirts as possible to support Palestinian children and spread this message to the entire world.

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