Qatar is under mounting pressure to make it clear Israeli football fans will be allowed into the country for the football World Cup in 2022.
Israel does not feature in Qatar’s online list of 244 nationalities and territories eligible for a visa. The country does not recognise the Jewish state.
London-based consultancy firm Cornerstone Global Associates has called on Qatar to urgently clarify its position and answer allegations of Jew-hate.
Its report also urges Qatar to provide visa information to Israeli visitors seeking to enter the country during the tournament.
While Qatar has pledged to welcome Israeli fans and provide kosher food to observant Jews, it has yet to issue clear travel guidance, it said.
The report also points out that banning fans on the basis of nationality is a breach of FIFA’s code of ethics, which was adopted last year.
It also refers to allegations of antisemitism against groups affiliated to Qatar, such as the state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera, which published a video last May questioning the Holocaust on its channel AJ+.
The video, which claimed the Shoah is “different from how the Jews tell it”, was according to the channel “swiftly” deleted, and two journalists were suspended.
Only last week, an Al Jazeera presenter faced backlash for claiming Israelis are not “Semitic”, unlike Palestinians, and have therefore no claim to Israel.
“We predict that unless Qatar and FIFA move on addressing accusations of discrimination, sponsors will be under public pressure to become public in their displeasure,” it reads.
Qatar has faced increased scrutiny over its anti-homosexuality laws and reports of poor working conditions on World Cup 2022 construction sites.
FIFA told the Jerusalem Post that Qatar’s committee in charge of planning for the tournament was “fully aware of its responsibility to adhere to FIFA’s human rights and non-discrimination, equality and neutrality statutes.”
FIFA and Qatar’s supreme committee for delivery and legacy were contacted for comment but did not immediately respond.
Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.
Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.
For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.
Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.
You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.
100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...
Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.
There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.
In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.
Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.
In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.
Voice of our community to wider society
The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.
We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.