israeli flag1An Israeli flag was spotted along with flags of other countries on Sunday, 20 October outside the Hamad Aquatic Center (Aspire) in Qatar, the venue for the FINA (International Swimming Federation) Swimming World Cup.

The picture of the Israeli flag that went viral on Twitter was first tweeted by Sara AlDisi.

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The picture on Twitter that got people’s attention

According to Qatar Living, she said that Qataris and others were shocked to see the picture. The fact that the flag was put up so boldly within and outside the aquatic center has shocked some people. Apparently, it has never happened before even though Israelis have come to Qatar before.

According to Sara, Israeli participation was not publicized. “Qatar Olympic Committee made sure to never mention Israeli when listing countries in news,” reported in Qatar Living, an online community website in Qatar.

The swimming world cup was held on 20 and 21 October in Qatar. The FINA website has uploaded a country-wise list of participants on its website. Here is a screenshot of the list.

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In a picture taken on Monday, 21 October 2013, the Israeli flag was missing, most likely because authorities took it down.

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(Images courtesy: Twitter)