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Mike Tyson denies donating to Israel army

November 17, 2023 at 11:36 am

Mike Tyson on the field before the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on September 24, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada [Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images]

A screenshot from former heavyweight boxer, Mike Tyson's Instagram story [miketyson/IG]

A screenshot from former heavyweight boxer, Mike Tyson’s Instagram story on 17 November 2023 in which he denies donating to the Israeli army [miketyson/IG]

Former American boxing champion Mike Tyson has said he was unaware that a fundraiser for the Israeli army was being held at a dinner he attended earlier this week.

Pictures of the boxing champion circulated on social media and in media reports of the ‘Night of Solidarity’ hosted by Friends of the IDF, which raised nearly $10 million.

In a post on his Instagram story, Tyson wrote: “I want to clarify the recent portrayal of an event I attended. Invited for a casual evening out by a friend, I was unaware of the arranged fundraiser and no donations were made by me or on my behalf.”

Tyson came under criticism for his attendance, especially at a time when the Israeli army – the IDF – is carrying out a genocidal bombing campaign against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, killing nearly 12,000 people since 7 October, the vast majority children and women.

Addressing the criticism levelled at him Tyson said: “As a Muslim and human, I support peace. My prayers have been and continue to be with my brothers and sisters.”

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