Star of David featured on Qatari media after Israeli wins swimming competition

Israeli swimmer Guy Barnea had earlier claimed that the Star of David was missing from Israel’s flag after he won Qatari competition match.

By i24news


Footage has surfaced that disproves Israeli swimmer Guy Barnea’s earlier claim that Qatari television showed a graphic of an Israeli flag without the Star of David during coverage of the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships on Sunday in Doha.

Guy Barnea - Photo: Facebook

Guy Barnea – Photo: Facebook

After winning his heat in the 200-meter butterfly at the swimming competition in Qatar, the Israeli swimmer suggested that local television footage left out the most important part of the flag – the Star of David in the middle even though they did show his face on camera, identify him by name and use the ISR initials for Israel.

The swimmer took to Facebook to make people aware of the missing star by showing a screenshot of the close-up with the caption: “200 butterfly … What’s missing from the picture?” Barnea later removed the post.

However, footage obtained by Israeli Channel 1 TV later on Sunday shows that Barnea was mistaken and that the Star of David did in fact appear as part of the flag.

The star was in a lighter shade of blue and was faint compared with the blue stripes, but it can be seen in an extended version of the footage.

At a separate world cup event in Doha last year, the Israeli flag was missing from the TV presentation showing the lanes of the swimmers.


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