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Kuwaiti Refuses to Compete Against an Israeli in California, Is Hailed as Hero by BDS

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A pro-BDS demonstration. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Kuwaiti jujitsu champion Abdullah Al Anjari has been very public on social media about his decision on Saturday to drop out of a tournament in Los Angeles because he didn’t want to compete against an Israeli.

He’s now being hailed as a “hero” in Kuwaiti media and by the BDS Arabic account. As of this writing, I have not seen any other coverage of this story.

I also cannot find the bracket that Al Anjari produced to show that he was going to compete against an Israeli. The Los Angeles championships aren’t until March, and I didn’t see them issue any brackets.

As far as I can tell, the sport’s governing body — the IBJFF — does not have any written rules about penalizing athletes who refuse to compete. But it might be worth tweeting them about this.

Elder of Ziyon has been blogging about Israel and the Arab world for a really long time now. He also controls the world, but deep down, you already knew that.

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