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May 20, 2015 6:06 pm

Moroccan Authorities Detain Israeli Judo Team Ahead of Masters Competition

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The Israeli national judo team was detained in an airport in Morocco today while en route to a competition being held in the country. PHOTO: Adi Avishai.

Moroccan authorities detained members of the Israeli national judo team for more than eight hours on Wednesday, confiscating their passports, Israel’s NRG news reported.

The team was finally released after the World Judo Association, which covered travel costs and has been handling security for the trip, pressured Morocco to release the Israeli teammates.

The Israeli team was visiting Morocco to participate in a Masters competition but were detained at the country’s airport upon landing.

Speaking to NRG in the midst of the ordeal, Israeli Judo Association Chairman, Moshe Ponti, said, “we have our passports and visas and awaited for permission to enter [the country].”

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Ponti said he did “not know why” the team was held, “probably because we are Israelis.”

He added that despite traveling for 36 hours and the complication, “we are trying to keep up a good mood.”

Israel’s General Security Service had issued a prior warning to the team not to attend the competition in Morocco, because they would not allow a security detail to accompany them, but the Judo Association in Israel decided to attend anyway.

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  • Reverend Edward Hyslop

    I have a friend Avi who is part of the Israeli Judo Team. He was taken and detained for days in THE CANADIAN BORDER SERVICE AGENCY’S detention centre in Toronto. How do I know???
    I was in the detention centre myself. A total disgrace that he was ever detained. I was held FOR TWO AND A HALF MONTHS UNTIL I TOOK SERIOUSLY I’LL WHEN THEY RELEASED ME BECAUSE THEY WERE TERRIFIED I WAS GOING TO DIE, THE KICKER WAS…THEY DID NOT WANT T PAY THE MEDICAL BILL FOR ME IN HOSPITAL BUT IT WAS TOO LATE, I TOOK A STROKE!!!!!
    MY FRIEND AVI WAS THERE WITH ME IN THE DETENTION CENTRE AND HE WAS RELEASED SHORTLY AFTER.
    POLITICAL GARBAGE.
    THE DETENTION CENTRE WHICH LOOKS LIKE A VERY NORMAL BUILDING FROM OUTSIDE, CONTAINS 200 DETAINEES AND IS A TOTAL DISGRACE TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. PEOPLE GET LITTLE TO NO HELP WITH LANGUAGE PROBLEMS AND I KNOW DETAINEES WHO WERE IN THE DETENTION CENTRE FOR TWO YEARS. UNBELIEVABLE

  • Jamal Noah

    SILLY why this is made a media issue. They knew in front the armed escort was,( very logically) not allowed to enter but the team still decided to do so causing this media attention, why? What are they trying to say with this statement? Why would they do such a thing? Very annoing to hear the team leader saying that they were hold at the airport, because they are Israëli’s.

    He should correct himself via the media for this provocating statement. Everybody in Israel knows Israëli’s are welcome in Morocco, due to the almost 1 miljon Moroccan Israëli’s.

    I read that the reason was indeed that the Israeli team brought an armed escort with them. The Mossad probably heared from Moroccan intelligence that the Israeli team is welcome (they got the visa’s) but not the armed officier. That is nothing strange, would Israel accept an armed Moroccan agent entering Israel, without permission? Of course not! So THAT is the reason they where detaind nothing else, lot’s of Israeli visit their country of origan Morocco, needles to say that Israëli’s are welcome. Every body knows this, strange we are having this conversation in the first place.

  • Abraham Kolton

    Apartheid?

  • al sheeber

    Simple, they hate Jews, so why bother going there?
    For the same reason U.S marines made numerous incursions into this
    Towel_Head nation on numerous occasion during the 19th century, their top human achievement was piracy-slave markets, selling women and children for life of serfdom. This is not a safe place for Israelis, even for Judo champs.

  • Morocco4eva

    they shouldn’t be released at all ! they should’ve been returned to where they came from !

    • Your an Idiot. Competition should be a show of good sportsmanship and exhibiting the finest of the competition. It should not ever be political, even if the politics is obscured by basic hatred. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  • Moroccancitizen

    You ef israelis liars! They were detained because they were armed. Israel detains travelers for hours and hours i know ppl who were stopped and returned from the airport for no reason… Not to mention the stressful interviews that they make travelers go through… And now you are saying that those mofos were detained just because they were israelis?! Would Israel allow ppl enter With weapons? For the god sake stop your laying to ppl and acting like victims….

    • Dan

      proof?

    • zadimel

      Yes, indeed they were armed with their arms! You are blinded by your hatred of Jews/Israelis.

    • Said

      know why? Look at the level of life of people in Israel and Morocco and you will understand why. If you see just hate without a reason, nothing will help.

      Now, do you have any proof they were armed? Or you’re saying it just to say?

    • Moroccancitizen

      The proof is on the news you bunch of idiots! You only listen to what your ef media says!
      I myself visited Jerusalem through tel aviv airport and was detained for 15 hours for interviews! And there were dozen of visitors from Europe and us and canada were stopped for longer hours! And guess what? They weren’t carrying any weapons! And on the way back it is another torture! The security takes everyone who is not jew to private rooms and check them from head to toe and interview them for hours! So isn’t that a mistreatment and humiliation of individuals? Why should you ef jerks be complaining about normal process that Moroccan authorities have taken against armed jerks when you are treating ppl like animals?! Hypocrisy this is what you are good at!

    • Peter

      Can you say why the Israeli Flag was not displayed in the venue, while the flags of all other participating nations were displayed? The judo federation director had to direct that ALL flags be removed because the Israeli flag was not permitted to be displayed.
      Can you make excuses for the jeering crowd shouting death threats at the Israeli participants as they were competing?

  • SARA RIFKA

    THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE NEWS……WITHOUT MUCH OF THIS INFORMATION ONE COULD NOT DECIDE ON THE PATH TO TAKE….THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO CROSS A LINE THROUGH ANOTHER COUNTRY, ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL AND ANOTHER ETC……

    BIBI IS CORRECT……LOOK AT THE NEXT 10 YEARS…..AND UNDERSTAND THAT THIS HATRED WILL ONLY GROWN …LIKE YEAST.

    LET THEM EAT CHEESE CAKE….CAN’T COMMENT …..THIS HORROR SEEMS TO HAVE NO END OF HATRED……THEY USED TO HANG THE TROPY WORDS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO SPOKE OF SUCH HATRED…..

    SO ….WHOSE NEXT….

  • Interestingly, or not, the future of France has been put into the hands of a Morrocan with double Nationality. Belkacem is Arab and a “moderate” (by her own description) muslim. The far left Government has made her EDUCATION minister and already she has started with a “reform of the French education system”. Just for starters, the Western Canon has already been “freed” from the Latin and Greek, some would say a foundation of Western education. Soon classes will be forcibly bi-lingual. Many worried French see this as yet another advance towards the islamisation and Arabisation of France, because the “fig leaf” of “bi-lingual” will certainly hide “arabic” as second (or perhaps even first) language.

  • Michael

    Human civilization is on the fringe of an global war. Islam against the infidels…that is, anyone who is not a Muslim or even a specific kind of Muslim. Islam is turning inward and imploding. It is enevitable but much death and destruction will lie in the wake of its ultimate demise.

  • Yeshayahu Goldfeld

    למה ישראל נדחקת למצבים מביכים צפויים ? הרי היה אפשר לצפות
    שזאת תהיה הדרך שבה עסקנים מרוקאיים ינסו להביס את נבחרת ישראל .

  • Leo Toystory

    I hope the Israeli Judo team goes totally Chuck Norris all over them till they lose their harira.

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    I think it’s foolish to contradict the warning since the team won’t having security. It doesn’t accomplish anything at the contrary. I think they forgot what happened in Munich.

  • Marco Elkeslassy

    I do hope the Israeli judo team will recover from that ordeal at the airport and also hope they get to challenge the Moroccan judo team and likewise will “sportively” give them a good hiding !

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