Doug Klein

Zionist’s Guide to the World Cup – One Week To Go

The long-anticipated (and much bribed for) 2022 FIFA World Cup begins one week from today with host nation Qatar taking on Ecuador in a stadium built with the blood of innumerable foreign workers. The World Cup in Qatar is a morally dubious enterprise. Still, it is such an important event – followed closely by most of the inhabitants of the planet – that one needs to know for whom to cheer. The Zionist’s Guide to the World Cup (ZGWC) stands ready to advise (and nag) you at every step of the way to the finals.

The ZGWC has issued its 2022 endorsements in video format, available at YouTube.

The reliability of the ZGWC’s ratings were recently put to the test by last Friday’s United Nations General Assembly Fourth Committee vote to approve a resolution to request the International Court of Justice “urgently” weigh in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israeli “annexation.” The vote was 98 in favor of the anti-Israel measure, 17 opposed, and 52 abstentions.

Of particular relevance to the ZGWC, though, were the votes of those nations participating in this year’s World Cup. In that regard, the scoreboard was 12 in favor, 4 opposed, and 15 abstentions (noting that the U.K.’s vote includes England and Wales).

The 12 countries who voted to refer Israel to the ICJ were Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Iran, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, and Tunisia. The ZGWC gave thumbs-down ratings to most of these countries with the exceptions of Mexico, Morocco, Poland, and Senegal. Mexico and Poland received milquetoast “pareve” ratings, and their recent votes do little to endear them to the ZGWC. Morocco received a thumbs-up rating because of its accession to the Abraham Accords, and this vote, though unfortunate, does not affect our rating. Likewise, Senegal, received a positive rating. As a Muslim-majority country, Senegal’s vote was not especially surprising. The ZGWC will take this vote under advisement as it continues to update its endorsement of the participants in the World Cup. Lastly, Brazil is a special case, given the results of the recent presidential election and a likely change in its foreign policy.

The 4 countries that joined Israel and voted no were Australia, Canada, Germany, and the U.S.A. The ZGWC naturally endorsed Australia, Canada, and the U.S. of A. We did not endorse cheering for Germany. Naturally.

For purposes of the ZGWC, abstentions effectively count as pro-Israel votes. The 15 abstentions were Cameroon, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Ghana, Japan, the Netherlands, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay. We endorsed almost all of these countries. Costa Rica and Serbia received pareve ratings. Spain and Switzerland were not endorsed. The U.K. was a split decision: a thumbs up going to Wales and a thumbs down going to England.

As with the United Nations, so with the World Cup…it’s important to know who one’s friends are.

About the Author
Doug Klein is an attorney in Chicago and the wrestling coach at Ida Crown Jewish Academy.
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