Israeli journalists and fans are being boycotted and yelled at by fans, locals, and officials at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Iran PressMiddle East: Multiple Israelis have reported an atmosphere of hostility and hatred at the World Cup in Qatar, with fans refusing to speak to Israeli journalists, waving Palestinian flags in the background of their videos, and yelling at them.

Israeli soccer legend and KAN panel member at the World Cup Eli Ohana also faced anti-Israel sentiments when he was driven by a Qatari policeman. When Ohana mentioned that he was Israeli, the officer asked him if he was joking, and Ohana then said that he was Portuguese in order to avoid trouble.


The World Cup 2022 has produced some iconic scenes of support for Palestine and rejection of Israel, MintPress tweeted.

Other videos from Qatar show people immediately walking away when they find out the person interviewing them is Israeli. In one particular video, N12's Ohad Hemo begins to interview a group of Lebanese men who walk away when Hemo tells them he's Israeli. One of them then turns back and asks Hemo what he's doing there and then tells him that Israel doesn't exist.

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In other videos, people stand behind various Israeli reporters and raise Palestinian flags to protest against Israel.

On Saturday, Tunisia fans waved a banner saying "Free Palestine," despite Qatar and FIFA's policy of not allowing political protests in matches, a policy that led to the confiscation of rainbow-colored items in support of the LGBTQ+ community, and Iranian anti-regime signs.


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