Classic anti-Semitism – who would have thought that the World Cup is actually a Zionist plot?

Dr. Muhammad Ali Al-Malla alleged that the World Cup in Russia was part of a plot, outlined in the infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion, to distract Arabs and Muslims from Gaza riots and the supposed “defiling” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Jews.

According to Al-Malla, who made his claim during a sermon delivered at the Lala Pasha Mosque in Damascus last week, “The Europeans have taken upon themselves to distract the Arabs,” while the US and China never qualified because their culpability lies elsewhere—in the selling of weapons to the Muslims.