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December 24, 2015 3:42 pm

Israeli Windsurfers Cancel Participation in World Championship Over Host Country’s Anti-Israel Demands

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An Israeli windsurfer. Israel Sailing Association (ISA) on Wednesday announced they will not send a delegation of Israeli windsurfers to the Youth Sailing World Championship because of anti-Israel demands made by organizers. Photo: Facebook.

An Israeli windsurfer. The Israel Sailing Association announced it would not send a delegation to the Youth Sailing World Championship in Malaysia. Photo: Facebook.

JNS.org – Two Israelis, Yoav Omer and Noy Drihan, will not be able to defend their titles at the Youth Sailing World Championship in Malaysia after the Israel Sailing Association (ISA) on Wednesday announced it will not send a delegation because of anti-Israel demands made by organizers.

The ISA claims that the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the International Olympic Committee and the hosts will not allow the surfers to compete under the Israeli flag and could not use any symbol affiliated with Israel on their clothing or surfboard. Also, if an Israeli should win a gold medal, the hosts said they would not play the Israeli national anthem.

In addition, they have yet to receive visas to travel for the Sunday competition.

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“The Malaysians’ demands are unacceptable, and as we haven’t received the visas, we decided not to participate. We condemn the unsporting conduct of the organizing committee. We will not agree to be humiliated and we are considering filing a lawsuit against the ISAF and the host country in coordination with the Olympic Committee of Israel,” ISA chairman Gili Amir said.

Omer won the gold medal in the Under-19 for men in the last championships and Drihan won for the women in Under-17 and Under-19 competitions.

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  • Yaakov Holansky

    The ISAF and IOC know the Creed of the Olympics and it’s broader meaning the purpose that there are no Politics in Sport. It 1896 that the first game was played and You to your Shame have managed to outdo Adolph Hitler in 1936. He allowed an African American to participate and when Jessie Owens won the Gold Medal he allowed the American National Anthem to be played to honor his achievement although he personally kelt the stadium. So Malaysia and the International Olympic Committee you’ve managed to sink lower than NAZI Germany at the 1936 Olympics. Israel Sports Authority You better sue for Human Discrimination Ethicity Religion country of origin under the Covenants of the UNs Human Rights by laws as well as the EU and the IOC. I’m sure Shurat HaDin with Leitner-Darshan would take the case.

  • Dov

    Seems like G-d has to bring down a few more airplanes from that country, before they may get it…

  • Malaysia’s official religion is Sunni Islam.

    If you doubt that this is true, then go to:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia

    Mystery solved!

    PS: http://www.camera.org * http://www.HonestReporting.com * http://www.memri.org * http://www.ActForAmerica.org * http://www.IsraelLawCenter.org

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