The series of incidents involving Israeli fans and journalists during the World Cup games in Qatar, led judoka Peter Palachik to publish a post on social media last night (Wednesday) expressing his concern about the situation.
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Falchik, who won a bronze medal on Qatari soil less than two years ago at the prestigious Masters tournament, wrote: "This is not Islam as I know it, and I have many Muslim friends in the world, so I know what it can be like. It's just sad."
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"Sports should unite the people of the world and be above all politics, war, ideology, etc., especially when it comes to one of the biggest sporting events in the world - the World Cup. Money can buy a lot of things, but not respect."
The athlete also wrote: "I thought the event in Qatar would be different. I see a lot of incidents of hostility and hatred towards Israelis and Jews visiting Qatar and such hatred and behavior have no place in this event. I always choose peace, love and respect every time anew no matter where you come from or what your faith or religion is your".
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