Ahead of World Cup, Israel warns citizens to take precautions while in Qatar

Israel National News reports: “Qatar, which does not normally allow Israelis into the country, will permit Israeli visitors during the 2022 World Cup, prompting the Israeli government to warn travelers who make the trip to ‘downplay’ their ‘Israeli identity.’

As many as 20,000 Israelis are expected to attend the 2022 FIFA World Cup beginning Sunday in Qatar, an Arab country run by a Muslim monarchy that does not have diplomatic ties with Israel.

Qatar has allowed for new direct flights from Tel Aviv to Doha, the Qatari capital, and an Israeli foreign ministry delegation is already there, Reuters reported, preparing to help Israeli visitors navigate local laws and customs and avoid any possible tensions with locals.

Despite the unprecedented openness, Israel’s Foreign Ministry launched a campaign to urge Israelis to exercise caution, particularly given the presence of Iran, which routinely calls for violence against Israel, at the World Cup. Qatar has close ties with Iran…”

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