Rabbi says Qatar 2022 food will be kosher

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

IS­RAELIS WILL be wel­come to watch World Cup foot­ball in Qatar and Jewish fans will have ac­cess to kashrut cater­ing, ac­cord­ing to a New York rabbi.

Rabbi Marc Sch­neier, from the Ortho­dox Hamp­ton Syn­a­gogue in Long Is­land, said he had been asked by Has­san Al-Thawadi, sec­re­tary gen­eral of the com­pe­ti­tion’s or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, to help plan the 2022 event.

He told Bloomberg that he and Mr AlThawadi “have been in con­ver­sa­tion for the last sev­eral months about cer­tain ideas and ini­tia­tives he would like to im­ple­ment to wel­come and ac­com­mo­date the many Jewish vis­i­tors they are an­tic­i­pat­ing at the World Cup.”

Bring­ing in kosher food was among those ini­tia­tives, he said, although he de­clined to com­ment on de­tails.

Un­like many Arab coun­tries, Qatar does not refuse ad­mis­sion to Is­raeli pass­port hold­ers, although it does re­quire a visa in ad­vance.

Rabbi Sch­neier pre­vi­ously made head­lines for in­tro­duc­ing kosher hot dogs to New York base­ball sta­di­ums.

The 2022 World Cup will be the first to be held in a Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­try. The sum­mer heat in Qatar also means that it will be held be­tween 21 Novem­ber and 18 De­cem­ber.

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