28 Nov 2022 4:27 pm
Israeli sportswriters report humiliation at the World Cup in Qatar as Middle Eastern football fans refuse to speak to them. In recent years, Israel has signed agreements with four Arab countries to normalize relations.
Israeli reporters covering the World Cup in Qatar have complained of “humiliation” and “hatred” as soccer fans around the world refuse to speak to them.
In dozens of videos shared on social media, football fans can be seen giving Israeli reporters the cold shoulder as soon as they discover their country of origin.
Israeli sports journalists report numerous hostilities at the World Cup in Qatar. “We feel hatred, we are surrounded by hostility and we are not wanted,” two reporters for the Israeli newspaper wrote Yedioth Ahronoth. “We were followed on the streets by Palestinians, Iranians, Qataris, Moroccans, Jordanians, Syrians, Egyptians and Lebanese, who glared at us with hatred.”
Ohad Hemo from the Israeli channel 12 said Israel has entered into agreements with four Arab countries – the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan – in recent years. However, many people on the street do not support this, “and many of them do not like our presence here”. The situation has even forced Israeli journalists to awkwardly pretend to be from another country.
In a Sunday article in Israel’s largest-circulation newspaper Israel Hayom complains that the World Cup in the Gulf State has confronted Israel with an uncomfortable truth and a harsh reality that is extremely painful for Israelis. “Because for the first time, all those Israelis who were previously so enthusiastic about the Arab world or the Persian Gulf are now feeling the first bitter taste of rejection, disregard and refusal to accept Israelis in an Arab-Muslim state to get.”
Although Qatar does not officially recognize Israel, Doha has allowed direct flights from Tel Aviv under an agreement brokered by FIFA. This fueled hopes in the West that Qatar would join the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco and sign the Abraham Accords.
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