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Hijab-wearing Olympian is good for the Jews

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Published: 14 August 2016

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Why an American hijab-wearing Olympian is good for the Jews - Rabbi Jordie Gerson - The Forward 08.08.16
For all members of minority religious communities, and especially Jews who have been persecuted for centuries for looking and acting different, the wearing of a hijab on an international stage is critically important.

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My Dad taught me never to root for the Israeli delegation, now I understand why – Sayed Kashua – Haaretz 13.08.16                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I know that if there were highly accomplished Arab athletes, they would be in Israel's Olympic delegation. The problem is that there are no such Arab athletes in Israel because the state’s symbols signify its boundaries and its character. [For another egregious example of the kind of Israeli Olympics commentary Sayed Katusha here criticises, see report of Netanyahu’s comments in last article below.]

Ibtihaj Muhammad would have been the perfect flag bearer for a divided US - Les Carpenter - The Guardian 04.08.16

Olympic women’s all-around champions: a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim
– The Times of Israel 11.08.16
Awe-inspiring performances in a close match-up between Americans Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, and Russian Aliya Mustafina, are a cross-section of faith, race and nationality.

PM hails snubbed, bronze-winning judoka for showing ‘beautiful, strong face of Israel’ – The Times of Israel 13.08.16                                                                                                Netanyahu congratulates Or Sasson, whose handshake was rebuffed by defeated Egyptian rival, and who powered through hours later to win medal; Rivlin also praises champion. Egypt’s Olympic Committee distances itself from Islam El Shehaby’s actions, saying he was told ‘to have sporting spirit’ while fighting Or Sasson. IOC to probe Shehaby’s refusal to shake Israeli's hand.


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