Over £140,000 raised by Celtic fans' crowdfunder

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) are delighted by the generosity of Celtic FC fans and all those who have donated to the #MatchTheFineForPalestine crowd-funding campaign. They have transformed their passion into a genuine force for good, raising over £140,000 in three days, with half of this amount being donated to MAP and the rest to the Lajee Center in Bethlehem.

This initiative comes in the same week as we mark the two-year anniversary of the ceasefire which ended Israel’s devastating 51-day assault on Gaza in 2014. More than 2,000 Palestinians were killed – including 556 children – and approximately 11,000 were injured. Palestinians in Gaza are still struggling to recover from the attacks and reconstruction continues to be undermined by the ongoing nine year blockade and closure.

Dr Graham Watt , Professor at Glasgow University and former Trustee of MAP said:  “This is a brilliant, generous gesture by Celtic fans, telling Palestinians they have not been forgotten.”

The money raised for MAP through #MatchTheFineForPalestine will directly support our health and medical care projects benefitting Palestinians living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, and as refugees in Lebanon.

We would like to thank the organisers and every supporter for helping this vital work.

You can add your support to #MatchTheFineForPalestine by clicking here!

Featured image: Children playing football in Gaza show their support for #MatchTheFineForPalestine