With less than 24 hours to go until the start of the 2022 World Cup, huge Arab crowds gathered in a show of support for the small Arab nation in its hosting of the tournament with full excitement and pride, eagerly awaiting the start of what will be the first World Cup on Arab soil.
Along with slogans of liberation and return, chants of encouragement were raised to “Al-Annabi”, which means Burgundy, which is a title to address the Qatari team, which will play today against Ecuador in the opening match of the World Cup.
Much attention has been paid to the Palestinian cause in the run-up to the World Cup, with Qatar repeatedly ruling out normalization.
Last week, Qatar’s Deputy Foreign Minister Lolwah Al-Khater spoke to the media, stressing that Palestine will always remain on Qatar’s conscience.
“We look forward to celebrating with thousands of our Palestinian brothers and sisters and we affirm here that their cause and our just cause in Palestine will always remain in our consciousness,” he said.
Earlier this year, Qatar drew praise from pro-Palestinian activists for removing Israel from the list on its World Cup hospitality booking site, replacing it with “Palestinian Territories, Occupied.”
More recently, the Gulf state banned Israel from operating a temporary consulate in Doha during the World Cup, leaving Israeli citizens to receive consular services through a private international travel company.
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at the UN General Assembly also called on the international community to “force Israel to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories” and repeatedly opposed normalization with Israel. Speaking to a French media outlet for an interview, Al Thani reiterated his stance against the occupation of Palestine. “Every country has the right to establish relations with the countries it wants. But what is normalization with Israel? Seriously, are things normal in Israel? No!” He told Le Point from France.
Qatar Charity has opened World Cup tents in various refugee camps, giving them the experience by creating fan zones with giant screens under the campaign titled “Qatar 2022 for all”, in countries like Jordan, which is home to more than 2 million Palestinian refugees. .
“The ball has illuminated the Arab land”
During Saturday’s parade, Palestinians also cheered for the Arab teams taking part in the World Cup, in a show of support, unity and pride for their people taking part in the world’s biggest soccer tournament.
The World Cup to be held in Qatar has been a source of pride for the entire West Asia region. World Cup supporters are convinced that the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar will leave a legendary mark in football history.