Photo Credit: Tom Nisani
Afif Stawi holding signed Ramos jersey

Hundreds gathered on Saturday to participate in a memorial race in honor of First Sergeant Hail Stawi, a Border Policeman killed last year in a terrorist attack on the Temple Mount.

Among the hundreds of participants were activists from the Zionist organization Im Tirtzu, who presented Stawi’s father with a jersey signed by Spanish soccer star Sergio Ramos, whom Hail admired so much, he named his son after the player.


Im Tirtzu contacted Ramos’ team, Real Madrid FC, who sent the signed jersey along with an engraved plaque of the team’s stadium bearing the words, “In memory of Hail.”

Afif Stawi holding plaque sent by Real Madrid FC / Photo credit: Tom Nisani

On July 14, 2017, three terrorists from the Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm open fired on a group of Border Policemen guarding the Temple Mount compound, killing Stawi and fellow policeman Kamil Shnaan.

Stawi’s family decided to honor Hail’s memory by holding an annual race, The Ramos Race, named after Hail’s son who was only three weeks old at the time of the attack.

The event was held in the Druze village of Maghar where Stawi lived, and concluded with a talk with Hail’s father, Afif Stawi, and Kamil Shnaan’s father Shakib.