Israel does not qualify for the World Cup in Qatar. Nevertheless, thousands of Jewish fans want to come. The emirate makes it difficult for them.
First of all, the Israel national football team qualify for the finals of a World Cup. That was long ago. In 1970 in Mexico you were eliminated in the first round as a group from last. In Qatar, too, the Israelis are just spectators. Many Jewish fans still want to celebrate and see the games on site. But the host makes it unnecessarily difficult for them.
As the “Jerusalem Post” reports, among others, the government in Doha has broken its promise Establishment of Jewish prayer rooms allow. The paper relies on the information provided by several Jewish organizations. However, the promise was withdrawn on the grounds that it could not be adequately secured.
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Qatar imposes a ban on the sale of kosher food
Furthermore, according to the Israeli media, there is a sales ban for warm kosher food. Currently only kosher sandwiches are offered, the production of which is supervised by the chairman of the Alliance of Rabbis in Islamic States, Rabbi Mendy Chitrik from Istanbul.
The chairman of Jewish World Congress, Ronald S. Lauder, sharply criticized Qatar’s behavior. He called on the government in Doha and Fifa to ensure that Jewish fans can practice their faith openly. The World Cup should be a “connecting event for all sports fans, regardless of their religious affiliation,” said Lauder.
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Ministry: Israelis should not openly reveal their identity in Qatar
They were just in time for the start of the World Cup first flights from Ben Gurion Airport to Qatar started at all. In total, the Cyprus airline Tus offers six flights from Tel Aviv to Doha and back. A fan ID, which is required for entry into Qatar, and a valid flight ticket for travel to and from the country are required. Israel and Qatar do not have diplomatic relations. According to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, the agreement should also make consular services possible for Israelis during the World Cup.
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Meanwhile, the Israeli government warned fans to follow the rules in the Arab country. The State Department recommended that not openly showing Israeli identity. It also warned of penalties for drinking alcohol in public. (tok/dpa)
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