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Controversy surrounding Wembley arch illumination amidst Israel-Hamas conflict

Wembley's arch will only be lit for football and entertainment under a new rule backed by the Football Association board.

Wembley’s arch will only be lit for football and entertainment under a new rule backed by the Football Association board.

Arch Lighting Controversy

Criticism arose when the iconic Wembley Arch wasn’t lit in the colors of the Israeli flag following attacks by Hamas in October. Israel’s response with air strikes on Gaza and imposing restrictions on vital supplies further escalated tensions.

Moment of Remembrance at Wembley

A solemn period of silence was observed at Wembley for the “innocent victims” affected by the conflict. This reflective moment preceded England’s friendly match against Australia on October 13.

Calls for Flag Colors

Amidst the fallout from the attacks by Hamas, there were fervent calls for the arch to be illuminated in the colors of the Israeli flag. The demands came in light of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group, sparking a debate around symbolic gestures amidst ongoing geopolitical tensions.

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