Judo Non-Handshake

Let’s Talk About the Rampant Anti-Semitism at the Olympics

At the Rio Olympics, we’re seeing one of the most outrageous examples of a double standard courtesy of Jew-hating extremist Muslims.

First, the Lebanese Olympics team refused to share a bus with the Israeli team. They even resorted to physically blocking the door, according to Sailing coach Udi Gal of Israel. Then, Egyptian judoka El Shehaby refused to shake hands with Or Sasson, his Israeli opponent, after being beaten in a match.

According to ABC:

“When Sasson extended his hand, El Shehaby backed away, shaking his head. The referee called the 34-year-old El Shehaby back to the mat and obliged to him to bow; he gave a quick nod and was loudly booed as he exited.”

Eventually, the IOC sent Shehaby home as punishment–though Egypt denies this.

Then, a judoka from Saudi Arabia forfeited her first match, after which she would have had to fight an Israeli. The Saudi team claims the athlete backed out due to injuries acquired during training. The Israeli team has a different explanation.

According to Newsweek:

“Israeli press reports claimed Fahmy decided to leave the competition because she could meet Gili Cohen, a 25-year-old five-time Israeli champion, in the next round if she managed to secure a victory against Christianne Legentil from Mauritius.”

Three instances in a single Olympics in which athletes were discriminated against in some way because they were Jews.

Many would argue that the athletes’ bad behavior is rooted in Israeli “aggression,” but Bret Stephens of The Wall Street Journal notes that Lebanon, Iraq, and other states displayed a hatred of the Jewish people prior to the state of Israel being created:

“Contrary to myth, the cause was not the creation of the state of Israel. There were bloody anti-Jewish pogroms in Palestine in 1929, Iraq in 1941, and Lebanon in 1945.

Nor is it accurate to blame Jerusalem for fueling anti-Semitism by refusing to trade land for peace. Among Egyptians, hatred of Israel barely abated after Menachem Begin relinquished the Sinai to Anwar Sadat. Among Palestinians, anti-Semitism became markedly worse during the years of the Oslo peace process.”

This is blatant anti-semitism, and the press doesn’t seem to care. Sure, they’ll report it as news, but there’s no simmering outrage.

Imagine the reverse. If a Jewish athlete refused to shake hands with an Egyptian athlete, or if Israeli athletes refused to share a bus with Lebanese athletes, the indignation would be palpable. Reporters would be breathless in their coverage of the awful Israeli bigots.

Two factors are at play here. First, Israel is the enemy–no matter what. Two, the anti-semitism is coming from Muslims, who are untouchable. Thou shalt not criticize Muslims, lest ye be an Islamophobe.

I would wager a good chunk of change that if a Muslim athlete refused to shake hands with a competitor from any other nation–Italy, America, England–the reaction would be the same. Silence from the mainstream press. To the left, any and every grievance Muslim nations have with anyone else is always justified.

He didn’t shake hands with an Italian? Well, Italy participated in the Iraq war, so…

He didn’t shake hands with the athlete from England? Well, with brexit, the nation has become decidedly less accepting of Muslim immigrants, so…

He didn’t shake hands with the American athlete? Well, (insert grievance), so…

Here’s a thought. These athletes are thought from a young age that Jews (particularly Jews from Israel) are the enemy. They are taught to hate them not because of what they do, but because of who they are. It’s disgusting, and wrong.

Kudos to Or Sasson for winning bronze.

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Frank Camp

Frank Camp breathes politics--that, and regular air. After the 2004 election ignited a passion for politics in Frank, he's been dedicated to understanding what makes people think the way they do. His goal at Constitution.com is to arm his fellow conservatives with the tools they need to fight the liberal army in an effective and persuasive manner.

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