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Palestinian flags raised during Qatar FIFA World Cup matches

People of other Arab nationalities also joined the cause and waved flags to show their solidarity with the people of Palestine.

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The Palestinian flags are attracting massive attention in the ongoing FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Fans are seen frequently raising the Palestinian flags during the matches.

Palestinian flags of different sizes are waived at all venues for football matches. Palestinians took the lead by waving their flag. People of other Arab nationalities also joined the cause and waved flags to show their solidarity with the people of Palestine. The gestures are directed at disapproving of the occupation of Palestinian territories by Israel.

Palestinians speaking to international media outlets say that the tournament has given them the opportunity to raise awareness regarding the Israeli occupation, also to highlight the Palestinian culture and traditions.

Moroccan fans became the latest to wave the Palestinian flag during the Morocco-Belgium match on Sunday. The flag had written a ā€œFree Palestineā€ message. Interestingly, the flags were raised in the 48th minute of the match. A day earlier, Tunisian fans also raised the ā€˜Free Palestineā€™ flags in the 48th minute.

The 48th minute is symbolic of what is called by Arabs 1948 Nakba. Thousands of Palestinians were displaced from their homeland.

Palestine had not qualified for the tournament happening for the first time ever in the Middle East. The flag, however, is making its presence visible throughout the tournament. Moroccan fans even sang the song chanting support for Palestine. They also wore Keffiyeh to show solidarity.

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Video of Arab football fans calling out the Israeli reporters and fans are making rounds on social media. A Saudi Arabian fan is heard telling the Israeli reporter thatĀ Ā  “It is Palestine, there is no Israel. Go, please. You are not welcome here. This is Qatar, this is our country ā€“ you are not welcome here. There is only Palestine. There is no Israel.” Others were heard saying ā€˜Free Palestineā€™ in a brief encounter. They even refused to talk to Israeli reporters.