Video of fans singing Palestine song is not from FIFA 2022
Claim: Social media video shows football fans singing a pro-Palestinian song in a Qatar stadium during the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Fact: The claim is false. The video is not from FIFA 2022 but is actually from a 2019 football match that took place in Morocco.
On 27 November 2022, Twitter user Brig Ashfaq Hassan posted a video with the caption, “Great moment. First time in world’s History. The whole Qatar FIFA stadium sang together unitedly in favor of Palestine against Jews and Israel.”
The 2 minutes and 19-second video shows a stadium crowd singing a song called “Oh our beloved Palestine”.
Many recent video clips show FIFA fans and some Arab officials in Qatar expressing pro-Palestine sentiments. The host country has no diplomatic relations with Israel and remains a supporter of the decades-long Palestinian cause for statehood. The video went viral after clips surfaced online of fans with Palestinian flags, apparently refusing to talk to Israeli media.
Fact or Fiction?
A reverse image search of the video keyframes on Google found the same clip corresponding to a larger video posted by a YouTube channel on 24 September 2019.
The Arabic video caption, when translated into English, reads, “The brilliance of the Palestinian song by Rajawi from their contest against Palestinian Hilal Al-Quds”.
At the 29-second mark of the Youtube video, the misleading clip can be seen.
A further keyword search led to a news report by Morocco World News that said the footage was shot during a football match at Casablanca’s Mohammed V stadium. Supporters of Raja Casablanca expressed their support for the Palestinian cause during their team’s game against the Palestinian team Hilal Al-Quds.
Google images of the Mohammed V stadium also shows same landmarks as that in the video shared with false claim.
Soch Fact Check conducted a CrowdTangle analysis for the 30-day period from 5 November to 5 December using the following search terms:
- “Whole Qatar FIFA stadium sung together unitedly in favour of Palestine”
Conclusion: The video of fans singing a pro-Palestine song is not from the FIFA World Cup 2022. The video is from a 2019 match between two football teams, Rajawi and Palestinian Hilal Al-Quds, where fans of the former team sang in solidarity with Palestine.