Doha: Almost every match of the Qatar 2022 World Cup has witnessed fans either raising the Palestinian flag, wearing a Palestinian keffiyeh, or chanting slogans in solidarity with the people of Palestine.
This comes a time when Israel’s occupation and militarization of Palestine has become a relevant topic of discussion in the international community, for Israel’s human rights violations. As such it was surprising to see a wave of strong support for Palestine in the World Cup.
Although Palestine and Israel did not participate in the World Cup 2022, the Palestinian cause imposed its prominent presence in the events and stadiums of the World Cup, which has been organized for the first time in an Middle East country.
Many scenes spread through social media, which showed the refusal of the masses in Qatar to speak to the “Israeli” media, as a way of showing their support for the Palestinian cause.
On Saturday, Tunisian fans waived a massive “Free Palestine” banner, in the World Cup match between Tunisia and Australia.