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Biggest Rat in UFC: Fans bash Khabib for supporting Palestine

LockerRoom Team
16 October 2023

Fans on social media platform X have unleashed criticism on former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov following his recent Instagram post expressing support for Palestine. In the post, Khabib stated, 'Palestinians - numbers never matter, when Allah is with you.'

Disgruntled fans on X have characterized Khabib as the "biggest rat in UFC history," citing his previous controversial remarks on ring girls and his opinion on women in combat sports. The latest critique centers on Khabib's stance against Israel, with fans expressing dissatisfaction over his perceived alignment with the Palestinian cause.

“This guy is the biggest rat in UFC history first he trashed the ring girls then he said women shouldn't fight and now he's speaking against Israel” the tweet read which you can see at the end of the article.

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The comments reflect a diverse range of opinions, underscoring the challenges athletes face when expressing political views in a highly scrutinized public domain. Khabib Nurmagomedov, who retired from professional mixed martial arts with an undefeated record, continues to be a polarizing figure beyond the confines of the octagon.

What is Israel Palestine Conflict?

The Israeli–Palestinian conflict, a protracted military and political struggle in the Levant, has persisted for over half a century, making it one of the world's longest-standing disputes. Originating in the mid-20th century, the conflict has undergone various attempts at resolution through the Israeli–Palestinian peace process, intertwined with broader efforts to address the Arab–Israeli conflict.

Early tensions emerged from public declarations claiming a Jewish homeland in Palestine, escalating with waves of Jewish immigration following events like the First Zionist Congress of 1897 and the Balfour Declaration of 1917. Post-World War I, the Mandate for Palestine included an obligation for a "national home for the Jewish people," sparking open sectarian conflict between Jews and Arabs.

The 1947 United Nations Partition Plan, intended to resolve territorial disputes, resulted in the 1947–1949 Palestine War, establishing the current Israeli-Palestinian status quo after Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in the 1967 Six-Day War.

While progress towards a two-state solution was made with the Oslo Accords of 1993–1995, unresolved issues, including Jerusalem's status, Israeli settlements, and borders, persist. Public support for the two-state solution has diminished, adding complexity to ongoing peace efforts.

Within Israeli and Palestinian societies, diverse perspectives complicate the conflict, with casualties extending beyond combatants to civilians. Ideological divisions among Israeli Jews and shifting opinions among Palestinians further hinder resolution.

The conflict's dynamics involve not only the Israeli government and the Palestine Liberation Organization but also key mediators like the Quartet on the Middle East and influential regional actors such as the Arab League, Egypt, and Jordan. Political upheavals and wars, such as the most recent conflict in 2023, underscore the challenges facing peace negotiations. Despite decades of attempts, mutual distrust, and conflicting views persist, leaving the path to a sustainable resolution fraught with obstacles.

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