Iran Barred from Judo Federation for Refusing to Face Israelis

Israeli World Champion, Sagi Muki Several weeks ago it was reported that a top-ranked Iranian judo athlete, under extreme pressure from the Iranian government and in fear his family would be harmed, mysteriously lost an elimination match just prior to squaring off against an Israeli athlete in a championship round of the World Championship. That …

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Iran’s Oppression of its Own

The Iranian people are being held hostage by a regime that prioritizes regional aggression over the well-being of its own people. ~AIPAC Facebook post, September 6, 2019 Those of us living in free, democratic societies have no point of reference in which to understand what life is like to be oppressed by leaders who espouse …

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Israeli Flag Raised in World Judo Championship

In world sporting competitions, champions almost always stand atop a podium while their national anthem plays...unless that champion is Israeli. Politics and the resistance of other nations to recognize Israel as a legitimate nation often leads to refusal by event organizers to acknowledge Israel by playing their national anthem. For the most part, that has …

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“Hatikva” Played for First Time in UAE Following Israel’s Gold Medal Win

Earlier today, Israeli judo champion, Sagi Muki won a gold medal at a major international event in Abu Dhabi UAE.  This is not the first gold medal win for Muki or the Israeli team, so what is so special about today's win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam? History was made as "Hatikva" (the Israeli …

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