The FIFA World Cup, which is set to take place in Qatar from Nov. 21 through Dec. 18, has excluded Israel from a website that offers the public help in purchasing hospitality packages.
On FIFA’s hospitality website, Israelis looking for their country were seeing just the option of “Palestinian Territories, Occupied” rather than “Israel.” After multiple news reports and Jewish organizations drew attention to the omission, the option of “Palestinian Territories” was removed and replaced with “Palestine.”
As it stands, the sales agent listed for “Palestine” is the Hong Kong-based Winterhill Hospitality, which has been appointed the FIFA World Cup’s sales agent for various countries in Asia and the Middle East.
This being said, Israel is still not listed on the website, and in response, StopAntisemitism.org pointed out the continued error on Sunday in a Twitter post, asking the FIFA World Cup, “Why is Israel STILL not listed?”
Despite the fact that Israel reached an agreement with FIFA in June that allows Israelis to purchase tickets for the World Cup and enter Qatar for the first time without the need for a foreign passport- the question of hospitality still remains.