Fans Shun Israeli Journalists For Interview, Says They’re Not Welcome

An Israeli reporter was told that he is “not welcome” in Qatar during live television coverage by a supporter wearing the kit of Saudi Arabia.

Moav Vardi, the head of the foreign news desk at Israeli public broadcaster Kan 11, was confronted by a fan wearing a Saudi Arabia top following the nation’s two-goal defeat to Poland

Vardi was told by the fan in front of the TV camera: “It is Palestine, there is no Israel. Go please. You are not welcome here. This is Qatar, this is our country – you are not welcome here. There is only Palestine. There is no Israel.”

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The incident followed on from Raz Shechnik – another Israeli journalist covering the tournament – outlining his negative experiences in Qatar based on his nationality. Shechnik posted a detailed thread on his Twitter account to detail what he had experienced during the competition.

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“Listen, we didn’t want to write these things. We always thought that we, the journalists, are not the story,” he wrote – alongside a video showing the hostile reactions he received from fans when informing them that he was Israeli. “Certainly not in the biggest event of world sports next to the Olympics. But after ten days in Doha, it is impossible not to share with you what we are going through here.

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