Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s human rights friends decided that Jamal would attend Newcastle United’s first match after the Saudi takeover of the club, which was scheduled to take place on Sunday against Tottenham in the English Premier League.
The memory of the late Jamal Khashoggi, who was treacherously murdered by agents of the Saudi government on October 2, 2018, inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul, did not leave his friends and loved ones who are seeking with all their efforts to achieve justice for him and redress from his killers.
Therefore, a large number of human rights defenders launched a massive campaign to collect donations to print a huge “poster” featuring Jamal’s image to publish it near the match venue.
The Saudi Public Investment Fund, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the sponsor of the assassination, according to intelligence reports, succeeded in acquiring 80% of the shares of Newcastle United, despite all human rights calls to cancel this deal due to its negative connotation confirming that human rights have no price compared to commercial and economic interests.
The Saudi Sovereign Fund is not considered to be only a financial tool that helps beautify the image of Mohammed bin Salman and cover up his brutal crimes against humanity, but it also contributes to the implementation of these crimes, especially the Khashoggi assassination, where reports say that the fund provided the planes that transported the assassination squad from and to Istanbul.
The success of the deal was a great disappointment for human rights defenders in the world and those seeking justice for Khashoggi, but they refused to surrender to this defeat and decided that Khashoggi’s memory would remain alive in the hearts, and not allowing the new owners of the club to publicize for themselves and silence the voice of the truth.
According to rights groups, a truck decorated with a large poster of Jamal Khashoggi stood out in St James’s Park before Newcastle’s first game after the deal, where more than £1,000 was raised for the protest, which will serve as a reminder of how the Saudi state oversaw the killing and dismemberment of a Washington Post journalist.