The Qatari authorities have not allowed the organization of separate places for the prayers of religious Jews, and the organizers of the first kosher kitchen in the country are ready to offer hot food and meat only to large groups of fans
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Jewish fans will not be able to buy hot kosher food in Qatar and pray during matches, informs Jerusalem Post.
About 10,000 religious Jews from Israel and other countries are expected to come to Qatar for the World Cup.
“We were promised that they would be allowed to organize prayer rooms so that the religious Jews who came to see the matches would have appropriate places. But recently we were told that they banned such places for Jews because they cannot ensure their safety,” a source in one of the Jewish organizations told the newspaper.
The publication also reported problems with hot kosher food in Qatar, where only kosher sandwiches are currently available.
The first-ever kosher cuisine in Qatar was organized by Turkish Rabbi Mendy Chitrik, head of the Alliance of Rabbis of Muslim States.
Asked if hot kosher food and kosher meat would be available to Jews in Qatar, Chitrik said that only if a large group of Jews came to the games. He declined to comment on reports that Qatari authorities have banned hot kosher meals and Jewish public prayers.
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It is noted that a large group of wealthy Jews from the United States canceled a trip to Qatar due to problems with food and security.
There are no diplomatic relations between Qatar and Israel.