The official Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup hospitality booking website deleted the name Israel and replaced it with occupied Palestinian territories.
Israel will have to choose the Palestinian territories to book their tickets successfully because the FIFA website is the only window for selling World Cup tickets, which is taking place in November.
This step comes in the wake of calls to ban Israel from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, similar to Russia’s ban from the World Cup.
Israel reached an agreement with FIFA in June to allow Israelis to purchase tournament tickets and enter Qatar, making it the first time Israelis have been accepted into the country without using a foreign passport.
Unlike its Gulf neighbors Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which recently signed normalization agreements with Israel, Qatar has conditioned normalization of relations on the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Qatar will now kick off its World Cup debut for the first time against Ecuador at 7 pm local time on November 20 after the opening ceremony at the 60-thousand-seater Al Bayt Stadium.
Hospitality packages include accommodations, tickets for a game as well as additional benefits such as access to reception. Prices run from $950 to $6,700, depending on which round of the contest the game is.
Winterhill Hospitality, a Hong Kong-based company, has exclusive rights to offer hospitality services for the World Cup, via FIFA.
On its website, it says that its subsidiary MATCH Hospitality “is the only company in the world that is authorized by FIFA to offer and guarantee exclusive ticket-inclusive hospitality packages for every match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, directly or through its appointed Sales Agents.”