‘Free Palestine’ movement has spilled into World Cup 2022. Why? – video

From stadiums to markets, the presence of Palestinian flags across Qatar has been hard to miss. Although World Cup organisers have said all along that the tournament should not involve politics, it seems the ‘free Palestine’ cause is being embraced by Qataris and people across the Arab world, as well as some visiting football fans. 

Encounters between Arab football fans and Israeli journalists have gone viral on social media – along with other clips of England supporters shouting ‘free Palestine’ during TV interviews, including one with an Israeli broadcaster.

Though neither Israel nor Palestine are playing in the tournament, support for Palestine has featured prominently at the Middle East’s first World Cup, as our international correspondent Michael Safi explains

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