Lebanese Olympic Team Demands Barrier Separation From Israel Squad

July 27, 2012 9:27 am 42 comments

Aerial shot of Olympic Park in London. Photo: wiki commons.

The Lebanese judo team forced International Olympic Committee officials to erect a barrier between themselves and the Israeli judo squad, Friday afternoon in London, just hours before the Games’ opening ceremony, reports Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot.

Both teams were scheduled to train inside London’s ExCeL center but Lebanon’s team did not want to be seen by the Israeli one, and IOC officials heeded the Lebanese demand after the team’s coach demanded separation.

This is not the first time Middle Eastern judo teams have caused a political stir.  In February, Egypt’s Ramadan Dawris defeated Arik Zeevi of Israel, but afterwards, Dawris refused to shake the hand of his competitor.

The opening ceremony will air on NBC at 7:30 pm ET.

42 Comments

  • The thing is is that the Lebanese team are directly breaking the Olympic Rules, as stated by the Olympic Charter:

    Rule # 6 states:

    Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race,
    religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic
    Movement.

    So why is it that they can disqualify some badminton players for not playing properly, but when it comes to an Arab “State” breaking the rules, there is nothing done? I am disgusted with the Olympics anyway. They refused to to include in the minute silence anything about the Israeli Olympians killed in Munich by Palestinian Terrorists 40 years ago because the PALESTINIAN team protested, saying to do so would make “division” and be “racist” – yeah, you would protest it, seeing as it was your scummy brothers who killed them.

    Then there is the fact that the chimpanzee bumplug leader of Iran, the one who was going to boycott the games because the London 2012 logo spelled “Zion” is now attending – the IOC feels its ok for him, a man who wants to murder every Israeli in Nuclear fire, to visit our games on this anniversary.

    Then there is this judo team fiasco…

    The simple rule is: When it comes to Arabs, EVERYONE does exactly what they want because G-d forbid we might upset these “peaceful” people and incur their wrath.

  • Karsten Bannier

    Perhaps the Lebanese team needed their mommies there too, to protect them from the naughty Jews ???

  • Interesting,just before the games begin, the IOC bends to kiss the behinds of the Lebanese.G-d forbid the IOC were to insult the Arab nations,but it is OK to spit in the face of the Israelis (Jews).
    Yes, I guess I missed something when the rules were made. The Lebanese team and a y other teams should be sent back to where they came from. Enough of this “the games are no place for political displays”. Please don’t insult my intelligence.
    Phil Fink
    Executive Director
    Olam Brodcasting, Inc,
    Cleveland OH

  • Perhaps they were worried the Israeli team would bomb them.

  • As the president of the US once said, “the creation of a wall dividing the two nations is yet another example of the neglect of this Administration in brokering peace.”

  • Could the real reason for this be that in a repeat of the 1972 terrorist attack on Israeli athletes, the Lebanese are afraid that “collateral damage” could kill, or injure members of the Lebanese team? As Hezbollah is now part of the Lebanese national government, and in any subsequent war with Israel, all of Lebanon would be a potential target, it would seem that Lebanon would want to avoid any provocation which would lead to a war!

  • Are the Israelis requiring the Olympic committee to see to it that it’s athletes aren’t slaughtered by ragheads, like they were 40 years ago?
    Muslims are the whiniest babies in the entire world.

  • I am wondering why we accept coming of a country such Isreal in the Olympic ?

    This is a sport event not political issues

  • Why does the Olympic Committee allow any group openly preaching hate like the Lebanon and Iran teams to compete.

  • So, the IOC bows down to this horrible, shocking request, but does not agree to honor the memory of the slain Israeli athletes during the Opening Ceremonies? So much for keeping politics out of the games. The Lebanese should have been told in no uncertain terms–you practice where we tell you and how we tell you or you go home. The IOC is absolutely disgusting.

  • The organizers should have told the Lebanese to suck on it or take the next plane home. This arrogant racist team is not fit to participate in the Olympics.

  • The IOC is acting in an identical manner to the way it acted in 1936 when it enthusiastically supported the banning of MATY GLICKMAN and SAM STOLLER because they were Jewish. Wake up! Repeat after me: the IOC is antissemetic!

  • what was the context? how many teams were practising? did they just ask for a barrier against one team? maybe there were only the two teams there? maybe it was for competitve reasons not racist ones?

  • well, we should have a more complete picture of the story before jumping to “racism” conclusions…

  • Hey guys we shouldn’t jump to conclusions…”Both teams were scheduled to train inside London’s ExCeL center but Lebanon’s team did not want to be seen by the Israeli one”.. Maybe they didn’t want the other team to see their moves, maybe this was motivated by competitive reasons, not racist ones. A little more investigation is required to get the full story before we jump to condemn anyone. Peace :)

  • The Olympics would be SO much better without the bigots at the IOC.

  • The Olympics are a farce. Instead of fostering peace, goodwill and friendly competition it simply encourages the usual Jew hating so typical of a good part of the world. The hell with the Olympics and its antisemitic host the U.K.

  • The organizers should have told the Lebanese to suck on it or take the next plane home. This arrogant racist team is not fit to participate in the Olympics.

  • The IOC is embarrassing itself by acceding to these demands. It was bad enough that they refuse a moment of silence for the Olympic athletes killed in Munich, but can have a moment of silence for the london victims. All in the name of no politics, but then the show what a joke it is by doing this for the lebanese judo team. Personally, I’ve decided not to watch any of the olympics.

  • I think the Lebanese team should be kicked out.

  • Why is it that the anti-semitic bigots are always accommodated?

  • Enjoy your country under the thumb of assad and hezbollah. You people have made such good choices in your friends in the recent past.

  • John C. Randolph

    The IOC should have explained the idea behind the Olympic games to the Lebanese team, and given them the option of either cutting the crap or going home.

    -jcr

  • And here’s me thinking that racism was supposed to be banned from the Olympics. Or is this 1936 still…

  • So, let me get this straight: When the Greek athlete was kicked for tweeting an unfunny joke (ok, authorities called it racist, which is stupid, but whatever), they had a lot to say about how the Olympics are supposed to be about peace and some such.

    So how will we ever get to peace if the Lebanese can’t even put down their hatred and animosity for however long it takes to do a judo match? Worse, the authorities gave in to them, enabled them in their road trip of hate. It doesn’t matter what they do, at home and abroad, they spill hatred onto Israelis and then act like victims.

    Hypocrites.

  • The whole reason for the Olympics were for all nations competing to hold all quarrels.If they cannot respect the whole meaning of the Olympics they should be forefeit from all events.

  • Jack Bloomberg

    So much for the principled International Olympic Committee.
    They invest more time and effort to erect a wall to satisfy the hateful Lebanese, but cannot bring themselves to invest one minute of silence to honour the murdered Israeli in the Munich Olympics.
    That’s one for Moslem Lebanese, and zero for Jewish Israelis.
    They are to be pitied, both the IOC and the Lebanese.
    JJ

  • I’m not sure if this is an act of anti-Israel bigotry or just not wanting an opponent to be able to scout your team up close. If it’s the latter, it makes sense. If the former, then the whole kerfuffle about the Greek triple-jumper’s racist tweet not “following Olympic ideals” was a bunch of baloney.

  • IOC should have just told the Lebanese, “Fine, don’t practice.”

    Things like this keep reminding me why I really don’t care about the Olympics.

  • The Lebanese Judo team needs to be kicked out of the Olympics. This kind of atrocious behavior is common among the people of the middle east.

    Here is an Egyptian celebrity who is pranked by other Egyptians into thinking he is on a Jewish TV channel. What happens next is one of the most disturbing and sickening things I’ve ever seen.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13jhKI0gems&t=3m04s

  • Interesting that the IOC granted the Lebanese team’s request; I thought they didn’t get involved in political disputes (so they said when they would not grant a moment of silence for the Israeli athletes murdered at Munich in 1972). so much for consistency.

  • LT COL HOWARD

    I was just in communication with several American Jewish liberals. Unfortunately, they cannot recognize the depth of hatred against Jews (not Israelis but all Jews). Again, unfortunately experiences such as this do not serve as a wake-up call to them.

  • Social anti-semitism alive, well
    and pandered to at the Olympics?

  • :-) they are shitting in their pants ……………

    let them stay in sands dunes

  • Interesting,just before the games begin, the IOC bends to kiss the behinds of the Lebanese.G-d forbid the IOC were to insult the Arab nations,but it is OK to spit in the face of the Israelis (Jews).
    Yes, I guess I missed something when the rules were made. The Lebanese team and a y other teams should be sent back to where they came from. Enough of this “the games are no place for political displays”. Please don’t insult my intelligence.
    Phil Fink
    Executive Director
    Olam Brodcasting, Inc,
    Cleveland OH

  • How about, if the Lebanese cannot adhere to the ancient neutrality of the games, they just stay home!

  • How about, if the Lebanese cannot adhere to the ancient neutrality of the games, they just stay home!

  • Ben Crockley

    Quite interesting since Israel is officially a European country when it comes to international football tournaments such as the World Cup and the European Cup.

  • better than a valium

    Sounds to me like an apartheid fence !

  • In a right and just world, the OIC would have told the Lebanese team to hit the road. Be gone.

  • Esther Sarah Evans

    b”H
    Well, if the opening ceremony is scheduled for 7:30 on Friday – today, Erev Shabbos, hopefully neither tonight nor tomorrow during the day there will be any Yidden to be seen there anyway. Fasting they should be on Motzai Shabbos and Yom Rishon. If some of them jump around in the afternoon of Yom Rishon while still fasting, that may be ok.
    Gut Shabbos. May Tisha b’Av be a holiday !

  • The Olympics should encourage sports spirit and world harmony. The Lebanese Judo team lost direction by making this demand and the organizers forgot their place as being responsible to make sure this spirit is kept.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the moral of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry has [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

    Read more →
  • Music Personalities Recycling His Roots

    Recycling His Roots

    JNS.org – Having started his career playing on his family’s pots and pans, Jewish musician Billy Jonas has maintained this homemade performance ethic while spreading his messages of simple living and environmentalism to a shared home throughout the world. After beginning in the kitchen, Jonas soon moved to the music room, where he picked up the piano, guitar, and trombone. These days, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist plays on with pretty much anything he can find, including cans, bottles buckets, and other recycled-object [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Personalities Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    JNS.org – Sara Davidson’s The December Project is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens, and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many of us continue working past the traditional retirement age of 65, not because we need the money and not because we find the [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Jewish History Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    It’s hard to make a new contribution to the field of Holocaust studies,  but German historian Götz Aly accomplishes just that in Why the Germans, Why the Jews? His premise is that the origins of the Holocaust were rooted in the specific anti-Semitism found in Germany in the decades and centuries before World War II. Aly (who is not Jewish) seeks to prove his theory by studying only pre-Holocaust history, and tracing how the German people’s envy and hatred of [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    JNS.org – During the current conflict in Gaza a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others—be it during Operation Protective Edge or at other times—have gone further than simply supporting the Palestinians by actively supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, making false accusations about the Jewish state, ignoring Israel’s position on the conflict, or justifying the actions of the terrorist group Hamas. Many of these [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Sports Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    JNS.org – Days after winning his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight bout against Steven Siler on July 26, Israeli-born mixed martial arts competitor Noad Lahat boarded a plane for his native country, choosing to temporarily exit UFC’s octagonal cage to rejoin the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a paratrooper for its operation against Hamas in Gaza. Except he didn’t actually consider it a choice. “When [our] home is in danger, there is no other way for us [but to serve [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.