Dec. 1, 2022

Confrontations with Israeli reporters at World Cup go viral

Peninsula/Society

The story: Multiple Israeli journalists have been faced with strong pro-Palestinian sentiments from football fans while reporting on the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The negative interactions, which have been widely shared on social media, suggest the limited citizen-to-citizen impacts of Israel’s normalization with several Arab states in recent years. 

While Qatar has rejected formal ties with Israel in the absence of a solution to the Palestinian issue, it has permitted flights between Tel Aviv and Doha through the World Cup. 

The coverage: Videos of Israeli journalists challenged by football fans in Qatar over Israel’s occupation of Palestine have gone viral on social media. Arab and non-Arab fans alike have been seen promoting Palestinian slogans and waving the Palestinian flag, sometimes in...

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