Qatari authorities have ‘banned the sale of cooked kosher food at the World Cup’ and ‘broke a promise to allow Jews to pray in public during the tournament’
- Jewish groups claim that prayer spaces have been banned at the World Cup in Qatar
- Sources say Qatari authorities have also blocked the sale of cooked kosher food
- It comes amid complaints about migrant worker deaths and human rights in Qatar
Jewish organizations have claimed that Qatar has banned the sale of kosher food cooked at the 2022 FIFA World Cup and will not allow worshipers to worship in public during the tournament.
It is estimated that more than 10,000 Jews from Israel and thousands more from the US will attend this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Some Jewish groups claimed that the Gulf state has banned public places of worship for followers of Judaism.
“Recently they told us that they banned places of worship for Jews because they can’t secure them,” said a representative of a Jewish organization. The Jerusalem Post.
It is estimated that more than 10,000 Jews from Israel and thousands from the US will attend the World Cup in Qatar (pictured Moroccan soccer fans in Qatar)
Some Jewish organizations claim that the Qatari authorities have banned public places of worship for Jews attending the World Cup (file image)
The same source said that Jews “were promised that they would be allowed to create prayer spaces” by the Qatari authorities so that they could “have a place of worship” while attending the World Cup.
It is also alleged that the authorities prohibited visitors from selling or offering cooked kosher food at the venues, despite previously saying it would be allowed.
Kosher refers to food that is prepared and deemed fit for purpose in accordance with Jewish law.
Judaism has rules governing what its followers can consume, with one restriction being the way the meat is slaughtered.
In order for the meat to be kosher, a specially trained person known as a Schochet must perform the procedure, in which the animal is killed with a knife in a single uninterrupted cut to the throat.
Only meat from animals that have split hooves and chew the cud on their own, with the exception of specific birds like chicken, is considered kosher.
One source explained that religious Jews at the World Cup “were promised to be able to cook kosher food, including kosher meat, but have only been allowed to sell cold bagel sandwiches at the moment.”
“There is no kosher food, no Shabbat meals and no public prayer services,” another source said.
Sources allege that the sale of cooked Kosher food has also been banned at the venues. Despite this, American Rabbi Marc Schneier opened a kosher kitchen selling baked goods and other delicacies at the World Cup (file image)
It is the latest controversy over this year’s FIFA World Cup after data showed thousands of migrant workers had been killed on construction sites since Qatar was announced to host the sporting event (pictured, workers near the Katara Towers in the Qatari coastal city of Lusail)
Despite this, American rabbi Marc Schneier opened a kosher kitchen in Qatar that sells baked goods like bagels and other delicacies.
Schneier said it is the first kosher kitchen to open in the Gulf state that accommodates Jews.
It is unknown if cooked kosher food is sold in the kitchen.
The alleged ban on prayer spaces and kosher cooked food is the latest in a series of controversies at this year’s FIFA World Cup.
The claims come after data revealed that 6,500 migrant workers from countries including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had been killed on construction sites in Qatar since it was announced the country won the right to host the event in 2010.
FIFA has also been criticized for granting Qatar hosting rights due to the nation’s questionable human rights record, including its persecution of gay people and women.