By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Israel will participate in the Abu Dhabi International Grandslam Judo Championship later this week.
Israel will be sporting a team of 12 athletes in an Arab country.
Sounds like good news? Nope!
For the second time, the organizers of the competition have accepted
Abu Dhabi's demand that Israel not show her flag, emblem or anthem.
There can be no visual symbol that Israeli athletes are present or competing - and Allah forbid if they dare to win.
If the Israeli team does earn a medal, the International Judo Federation flag will be flown.
Israel has protested and continues to protest.
These sporting events are supposed to be above politics, not increase divisiveness, prejudice and hate.
Israeli bronze Olympian Ori Sasson will compete. Sagi Muki who is the European champion will attend as part of the team. Israel's team will also include three additional world bronze medalists. The chances of winning a medal and even taking a gold is very high.
Should that happen it will be an embarrassment not only for the Judo Federation and to Abu Dhabi, as well.
Let Israel compete like everyone else- let Israel compete using her own emblems.
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