Palestine to stay in Qatar’s ‘conscience’ throughout World Cup: assistant FM

Sunday November 20, 2022

A number of entities within the Gulf state have teamed as much as unfold the World Cup pleasure amongst displaced individuals and refugees in varied international locations.

Palestine will stay current in Qatar’s “conscience” all through the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Gulf state’s Assistant International Minister Lolwah Al-Khater advised press in Doha, on Friday.

“We expect to celebrate [the World Cup] with thousands of our brothers and sisters from Palestine and we affirm here that their cause and our just cause in Palestine will always remain present in our conscience,” Al-Khater stated whereas taking purpose at crimes dedicated by the Israeli occupation.

Qatar Charity units up World Cup tent at Zaatari refugee camp

The Qatari diplomat’s statements got here throughout a press convention with Qatar Charity and the Qatar Purple Crescent Society (QRCS), that noticed the launch of an initiative offering refugees and displaced individuals with a glimpse of the World Cup expertise.

Introduced simply two days forward of the area’s first World Cup, the initiative consists of organising fan zones with giant screens for the focused communities, making certain a “Qatar 2022 for all”.

A few of the refugees that can get entry to the matches by the big screens embrace the group at Jordan’s Zaatari camp, a spot that has lengthy served as a stark reminder for the continued Syrian refugee disaster.

Different international locations embrace Sudan, Syria, Bangladesh, Somalia and Kenya.

The Qatari humanitarian entities additionally introduced a number of actions all through the event in an effort to alleviate the struggling of the 1000’s of displaced populations and refugees.

The Supreme Committee for Supply and Legacy (SC) and beIN Sports activities are additionally among the many key companions of the humanitarian initiative.

Al Khater’s remarks on the Palestinian trigger additional confirmed the Gulf state’s unwavering help to Palestine. Qatar has repeatedly dominated out normalisation with Israel for its ongoing crimes towards Palestinians.

In September, Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani slammed Israel’s occupation of Palestine in a serious new interview with French outlet Le Level.

“Every country has the right to establish relations with the countries it wants. But what is normalisation with Israel? Seriously, are things normal in Israel? No!” Sheikh Tamim advised France’s Le Level.

Extra not too long ago, Qatar has all-out refused for Israel to function a short lived consulate in Doha throughout the World Cup.

As a substitute, Israeli residents might be offered consular providers through a privately-operated worldwide journey firm positioned in an workplace constructing.

Islamophobia and racism

Addressing the press, Al Khater expressed Qatar’s solidarity with refugees and displaced individuals, stressing its function in prioritising diplomacy and mediation on the prime of its international coverage.

She additionally took purpose on the steady rise of Islamophobia towards these within the Center East and speech portraying the area in a unfavorable gentle.

“The peoples of our region have been wronged when they have become victims of successive crises, armed conflicts, raging conflicts, and an increasing escalation of the Islamophobic rhetoric,” stated Al Khater.

The Qatari diplomat added that the area has confronted “malicious campaigns based on double standards, for which innocent people paid the price of displacement, asylum and cruel treatment.”

Her remarks additionally got here amid an anti-Qatar marketing campaign pushed by the west since 2010, when the Gulf state made historical past as the primary Arab nation to win the bid to host the World Cup.

‘Is such racism acceptable in 21st century Europe?’: FM hits again at anti-Qatar marketing campaign

Officers from Qatar and the area have repeatedly pointed to “racist” motives behind the campaigns, which has included varied headlines which were denounced by authorities in Doha as ‘misleading’ and ‘sensationalist’.

Earlier this month, Nasser Al-Khater, Chief Government Officer of Qatar 2022, stated that Europe has lengthy seen the Arab world as a conflict-ridden area.

In the meantime, Qatar’s International Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani stated he got here throughout commentary that accused Qatar of not being “intellectually and culturally ready” to host the World Cup.

“Is such racism acceptable in Europe in the 21st century? Football belongs to everyone. It is not reserved for a club of elites. Four hundred and fifty million Arabs are delighted that the World Cup is finally being held in their region,” Sheikh Mohammed advised France’s Le Monde earlier this month.

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