The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) decided on December 2, 2010, to give the 2022 soccer World Cup to Qatar. Qatar is not known for soccer. Rather it is known for supporting, spreading, printing, airing and distributing hatred, bigotry, anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, and Islamism in all its forms. Giving a regime like that in Qatar the second most important international event worldwide (after the Olympic Games) is a tremendously important decision. A good decision for anti-Semites and women’s rights abusers: spreading anti-Semitism and Islamism counts!
Of course no one knows a single Qatar soccer team, though a few might exist. Qatar is a no-name for soccer. It is like giving the next World Cup in oarsmanship to a country in the Sahara desert. Giving a soccer World Cup to a country with less than a million inhabitants and even fewer citizens is ridiculous. Soccer has many fans all over Europe, in Latin America, Africa, even in parts of Asia like South Korea and Japan. Qatar has literally nothing to do with the history of soccer. A World Cup, though, has to be hosted by a country known for its enthusiasm for sports. However, not surprisingly, FIFA is not interested in sports or soccer. Money, power, and male-friendship are much more important for those guys.
This anti-Semitic cartoon was published in the Qatar daily al-Watan on June 2, 2010:
The cartoon depicts nearly all classic anti-Semitic caricatures of a Jew: religious, hook nosed, wearing glasses and ugly. In addition, it depicts the Jew, representing Israel, as an octopus holding a bloody machete with its tentacles reading ‘terrorist state’ in Arabic. The octopus has long been an anti-Semitic symbol. It is widely used as a metaphor for organizations and governments with wide control. This association has been particularly assigned to the idea of a global Jewish conspiracy, most notable with the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. The false notion is that Jews, in an organized manner, extend their tentacles, or control, around the world.
A country which allows such cartoons to be printed in their dailies has no right to host any international event. A country like Qatar should be isolated until its current leaders are gone and democracy, human rights and universalism is on its way.
Anti-Semitism on Arab media: the popular Qatari TV channel Al-Jazeera is still used as a venue for blatant anti-Semitism. The reputable cleric Sheikh Yussuf al-Qardawi presents the conflict with Israel as a campaign between Islam and the Jews and says that Jews should be killed, citing a well-known Islamic tradition.
The AntiDefamationLeague (ADL) reported about more anti-Semitic cartoons in Qatar in 2003 – compare it with the cartoon in 2010 shown above:
Anti-Semitic stereotypes continue to be prevalent in cartoons published in the Qatari newspaper, Al-Watan. These cartoons demonize Jews, often depicting them as dirty, hook-nosed, money-hungry world dominators.
Although newspapers in Qatar are all privately owned, many board members and owners are either government officials or have ties to the government. Al-Watan‘s chairman, Hamad bin Sahim al Thani, is a member of the royal family. Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Hamed bin Jasem bin Jaber al Thani, owns half of the newspaper.
On the next page is a sampling of the most offensive anti-Semitic cartoons from Al-Watan.