Football fans in Qatar snub Israeli tv reporters

Published November 23rd, 2022 - 10:48 GMT
Football fans
Fans of Morocco cheer on the stands during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group F football match between Morocco and Croatia at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha on November 23, 2022. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP)

ALBAWABA - Israeli television reporters in Qatar are having a hard time talking with football fans, who are snubbing them when they say they come from Israel. 

Its only less than few days into the World Cup matches but the social media is rife with videos and live interviews of Israeli reporters trying to catch people who will talk to them. Video clips don't lie and you have to see it to believe it. 

One Israeli reporter complained on air that despite the last normalization agreements Israeli signed with four Arab countries - Bahrain, UAE, Sudan and Morocco - the people just don't want to talk once they know the TV interviewer announces he is from Israel. 

Groups of people appearing on videos deny that Israeli exists and refuse to utter its name. Israeli TV reporters maybe in Doha to cover FIFA's World Cup but they are finding hard to find people to talk them which means they are being ostracized and means as well, people across the Arab world reject normalization with Israel.

One Egyptian even blasted out into the camera "viva Palestine" just when the Israeli broadcaster thought he found some one he can talk to. He should have know Egypt is not an easy country despite the fact it was the first to sign a peace treaty with in 1978. In spite of that however, Egyptians are against normalization with the Jewish state which they shun.

While Israeli reporters may have thought they have been given a golden opportunity to talk to Arabs of different nationalities they are experiencing sobering realities firsthand and live on TV and to their Jewish audiences back in Israel.

For some of the reporters, there appeared to be a sense of frustration, an inability to do something.

One pro-Palestine group of supporters encircled an Israeli reporter, shouting: "yalla, yalla, yalla, Israeli bara," Arabic for come on Israeli, get out. 

After failing to interview the spectators, several video clips showed Israeli TV reporters talking to Indian expatriates about their living conditions in Doha.

Meanwhile, a Columbian singer emerged from an interview with an Israeli anchor.


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