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Egyptian Taekwondo Player Refuses to Compete with Israeli

PNN | 17.11.11

Egyptian Taekwondo champion Rawan Ali refused on Wednesday to play against her Israeli counterpart Sevan Fenster in the quartet final of the Croatian Open Taekwondo open tournament in the 47kg category, according to the Israeli website SPORT 1.

The website reported that when Ali was informed of her match again Fenster, she refused to compete and quit the tournament. The rules of the game give players the right to withdraw from the bout without having to provide any justification.

This is not the first time someone has refused to play against an Israeli. A match between an Iranian player and Israel’s Lern Melakhy also did not take place.

Palestinian civil society’s Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Campaign (BDS) believes that the promotion of Israel as a “fair player” through its participation in sporting teams and individual and international sporting events legitimizes the actions of Israel and the occupation of Palestine.

Over the last few months, Algerian and Tunisian players have also refused to compete with their Israeli opponents. On October 4, Algerian judoka Mariam Moussa refused to compete against Israel’s Shahar Levi in the knockout round of the Judo World Cup, compromising her chances for qualification for the 2012 London Olympics.

Last month, Tunisian fencer Besbas Azzah refused to face her Israeli counterpart Naomi Mills in the final match of the World Fencing Championships, citing her support for the Palestinian cause. Tunisia suspended relations with Israel in 2000 and Algeria has never recognized the country.

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3 Comments »

  1. This will be really funny in a few years, after millions of Egyptians, Syrians, Iraqis and Libyans will have kill each other in civil wars that will never end.

    Comment by Rachel Golem | November 20, 2011 | Reply

    • Rachel,

      You seem to have divulged your hopes or are they schemes that you feel proud to be privy to?

      Aren’t you clever Rachel. And such a normal one to find humor in causing the deaths of millions.

      Comment by aletho | November 20, 2011 | Reply

  2. I am also more than slightly disgusted at the remarks above, stating that the genocide of millions is somehow comical. Many do not fully understand the stance these brave athletes have taken… they have listened to their conscience and it has had a heavy price tag. I’m waiting to see the first athlete who boycotts competition with an American and I do believe it will happen soon. Those brave athletes who have taken a position that sides with humanity as a whole have my deepest respect. Thank you for your sacrifice and listening to your heart.

    Comment by Nick | November 23, 2011 | Reply


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