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May 26, 2015 1:17 pm

Israeli Judo Team Faces Antisemitic Harassment in Morocco: ‘We Will Murder You’

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Illustrative image of a Judo fight. An Israeli won a gold medal at the under-21 European Judo Championship held in Bucharest, Romania. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli athletes at a world Judo championship in Morocco reportedly faced antisemitic slurs during the competition, news site WorldNetDaily reported on Monday.

“We will murder you,” and “you’re not wanted here, go home,” were among the vituperative attacks directed at the Israeli Judo Association team, which was in Morocco last week for the World Masters Judo Tournament. According to Haaretz, each Israeli teammate was met with boos and jeers upon entering a fight.

Additionally, no Israeli flags were present at the competition, despite representation for other countries, according to the Times of Israel. The Israeli team was also unmentioned on the website for the competition, and Palestinians flags were raised during Israeli fights, according to the report.

Ultimately the Israeli team returned home without picking up any medals.

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Despite warnings from Israel’s Shin Bet not to travel to Morocco, which has no diplomatic relations with the Jewish state, the team traveled to the competition anyway.

Upon landing, members the Israeli team were detained by Moroccan authorities at the airport over supposed visa issues. Later, Moroccan authorities claimed a gun had been found in one of the team member’s belongings, according to Yedioth Ahronoth.

The team was not released until International Judo Federation President Marius Vizer intervened and threatened to cancel the event if the Israeli athletes were not released.

Moroccan authorities later provided the Israeli team with personnel from the Moroccan king’s security unit, according to the WND report.

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