The 2022 World Cup is a golden opportunity for Palestine – the gateway to freedom and justice

Mondois said, “The 2022 FIFA World Cup, hosted by Qatar, constitutes an unprecedented opportunity to spread awareness and raise the issue of Palestine in one of the most important international events in the world.”

The site added, while FIFA and other international sports organizations have traditionally declared that politics and sports should be separated, after the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces in 2022 there do not seem to be any questions about the place of politics in sport, and more specifically in football.

In the aftermath of the Russian invasion in February this year, UEFA and FIFA provided unconditional support to Ukraine in several ways. The Russian national team and clubs were suspended from the 2022 World Cup and their European competitions just four days after the attack on eastern Ukraine, in addition to In addition, the Ukrainian flag was raised in the stadiums, printed on the captain’s armbands, and displayed on television screens next to the score, in addition to clubs and fans organizing fundraising campaigns and charitable events for the Ukrainian people.

Indeed, international politics have been at the heart of this World Cup ever since FIFA announced the host site in 2010. The legality of the award and bidding process, the suitability of Qatar as a host nation, and a myriad of human rights issues, including allegations of slavery and deaths More than 6,000 construction workers, constantly teased by activists, the media, and even players, members of the Norwegian and German national teams recently expressed their displeasure with Qatar and wore T-shirts defending human rights.Hummel International, a Danish sportswear brand that designs and produces kits for the national team The Danish, a watered-down version of her group, barely shows its crest and logo, as a statement about the human rights abuses Qatar faces. Furthermore, Qatar has received political criticism surrounding the country’s treatment of the LGBT community.

The site pointed out that at the beginning of last October, the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, and its general director, former Knesset member and founder of the Balad party, Azmi Bishara, held a symposium in Doha to discuss the 2022 World Cup through several academic disciplines such as sociology, political science and cultural studies, and from Among the topics discussed were the opportunities that sport presents as new outlets for Palestinian resistance. The situation in Ukraine was discussed as an opportunity to highlight the double standards that Western countries and sports organizations hold towards the Palestinian struggle. Several researchers at the Center have also argued that the 2022 World Cup has enormous potential to build strength. Soft and political influence, in addition to advancing political, national and cultural issues related to the Arab world.

Qatar’s position as a traditional ally of the Palestinian struggle and its reputation as a power broker in the Middle East puts it in an ideal position to advance political discussions about Palestine and increase momentum.

The site noted that the increasing prevalence of politics in sports, the situation of Ukraine, and Qatar’s unique stance towards the Palestinian struggle all contribute to creating an environment conducive to advancing discussions about Palestine in football and sports, something that was previously considered taboo by international sports organizations. For example, in 2016 Celtic Football Club was fined £8,600 because its highly supportive outfit, the Green Brigade, showered Palestinian flags on the North Curve section of Celtic Park when it hosted Hapoel Beersheba in a Champions League qualifier. Now Palestinian flags can be seen at almost every match in the Northern Curve, and the double standards of Western countries cannot be denied.

And he added, “This fact was stated elegantly by Omar Farag, the Egyptian squash player who won the Optasia Championship in London in March 2022, and he said, “We were never allowed to talk about politics in sports, but suddenly, it became permissible, now that we were allowed With that, I hope people also look at the oppression everywhere in the world, I mean, the Palestinians have been going through this for 74 years, but I think because it doesn’t fit the media narrative in the West, we couldn’t talk about it, but now that it’s We can talk about Ukraine, we can talk about the Palestinians, so please keep that in mind.”

The site concluded, “There have already been calls for the leaders of the Arab national teams to wear the insignia of the Palestinian flag, to raise the Palestinian flag in the stadiums, and to normalize support for Palestine in the same way that the matter was taken for granted with regard to Ukraine, and among the contents of the 2022 World Cup is the possibility of transferring discussions about the Palestinian struggle.” For national self-determination to the next level, the stars have lined up to create this opportunity and it should not be squandered.”

https://mondoweiss.net/2022/11/the-2022-world-cup-is-a-golden-opportunity-for-palestine/


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