NFL’s moment of silence for Israel is punctuated by chants of “Free Palestine.”

Chants of “Free Palestine” were heard during a moment of silence for Israel on Sunday during the National Football League (NFL) game against the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans in London.

On October 7, Hamas, designated a terrorist organization by the United States, led the deadliest Palestinian militant attack on Israel in history. Israel then launched its heaviest airstrikes to date on Gaza. As of Sunday, more than 1,300 people had been killed in Israel, the Associated Press reported. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, more than 2,300 people were killed in Gaza, the AP said.

Since the attack, both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian groups around the world have used social media and in-person protests to express their thoughts on the conflict, sparking strong reactions from both sides.

At the start of the game, the NFL decided to observe a moment of silence for Israel. However, according to Video material published on YouTube, the silence was soon broken by shouts of “Free Palestine.” The authenticity of the video was verified by Newsweek along with the chants heard by Newsweek at the game.

Newsweek I emailed the NFL for comment.

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View of the stadium where the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans played against each other at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Sunday. Chants of “Free Palestine” were heard during a moment of silence for Israel on Sunday during the NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans in London.
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X, former Twitter user @NatVanChudleigh, posted about the moment, writing: “They just tried to hold a moment of silence for Israel at the NFL in London. A lot of people were chanting ‘Free Palestine,’ so they stopped it after about eight seconds.” . How completely predictable.”

This is not the NFL’s first moment of silence for those killed in Israel, as occurred Thursday at the Denver Broncos-Kansas City Chiefs game.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter previously reported: “NFL teams will observe a moment of silence before every game this week for the victims killed in the Hamas attack on Israel.”

The NFL also condemned the attack and called for peace.

“The NFL mourns the loss of innocent lives in Israel and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism,” it said in a statement Monday. “The depravity of these acts is unimaginable and we mourn with the families of those killed, injured and still missing. We pray for peace and will always stand against the evils of hate.”

The disruption, which draws attention to the Free Palestine movement, comes after thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets across the UK on Saturday, including in London and Manchester.

According to BBC News, more than 1,000 police officers were deployed in London as crowds marched from BBC News’ Broadcasting House to 10 Downing Street, the official residence and office of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, as pro-Palestinian protesters called for an end to Israeli Military action in the Gaza Strip.

The ongoing conflict continues to raise tensions around the world. Protests and counter-demonstrations have erupted in major cities across the United States such as New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta as many continue to wrestle with how to respond to the violence.

In addition to the NFL, which has commented on the conflict, more than a dozen teams have released their own statements, including the Chiefs, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles.