On video: Preparations for the broadcast of the final game of the 2022 World Cup, Kibbutz Or Hanar (Hades Zavalevski, Or Hanar)
In Kibbutz Or Hanar in the Gaza Strip, most of whose residents are Argentines, they are biting their nails ahead of the World Cup final tonight (Sunday) against France.
Many of them will watch the game together and keep their fingers crossed for Messi in the biggest battle of his career.
At the cultural center they are already preparing for the joint viewing, and are careful not to make any changes in relation to the screening of the semi-finals - the refreshments are the same refreshments, the places are the same.
And it doesn't end there.
Hadas Zavalevski, the culture coordinator at the kibbutz, has not washed the team's shirt since the tournament began.
Other residents do not agree to be interviewed in order to do "Nachas" for the team.
Call it superstition, but the residents of the kibbutz are really not interested, they just want to see Messi lift the trophy.
"Refreshment is the same refreshment", preparation for the World Cup finals by candle light (photo: Golishim photos, Hadas Zavalevski, candle light)
"I'm under hysterical stress, I can't sit for more than an hour straight. There's a lot of excitement," said Vala Zavalevski, and Eddie, a farmer who lives in the kibbutz, added: "The excitement mixes with the joy of the first candle of Hanukkah. It will be a Hanukkah miracle if Argentina wins." .
"There are those who want to watch at the cultural center with a huge screen and music and a celebration. Until now, I've watched the games at home, I didn't let anyone come. Not for reasons of faith, I just don't have the patience. But today I watch with my grandchildren," said Eddie, for whom the World Cup He is a refuge from the agricultural crisis."
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"Hysterical Pressure", Beit HaTarbut in Or Haner (photo: Surfers' Photos, Hadas Zavalevski, Or Haner)
Eddie also knows how to tell what the World Cup means for the Argentines: "If they win there will be celebrations, if Argentina loses there can be a riot. The hope of the team rejects the economic and political situation there for the Argentines. It is a special lesson for all of us, that despite political differences, it unites everyone there ".
For the residents of the kibbutz, winning the World Cup will also be a victory in the South American derby and an excellent opportunity to mock the members of the neighboring kibbutz Baror Hail, most of whose residents are of Brazilian origin.
"There has been a sporting rivalry between the kibbutzim for years, but this year we are waiting and not jumping over the navel," explained the culture coordinator.
"We will save the joy for Eid just in case Argentina wins."
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