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Sierra Marlee reports that Saudi Arabian Olympian Joud Fahmi withdrew from the Judo event because she didn’t want to compete against an Israeli.
In a petty move you would expect to see out of a reality T.V. star, a Saudi Arabian Olympian decided to withdraw from her sport, Judo, because she was expected to go head-to-head with Israeli athlete Gili Cohen in the next match.
According to the Palestinian Information Center, this is not the first time during the Rio Olympics that Muslim competitors have forfeited their match because they were expected to compete against an Israeli.
All Arab and Muslim athletes agree on withdrawing against Israeli players because Israel is an occupying country and playing against its players grants Israel an official recognition.
In contrast, Israeli reports indicate that the withdrawal was due to medical issues, not political differences, but Palestinian Football player Abdussalam Haneyya announced that he will be creating a mural of Fahmi to honor her decision to bow out of the competition.
Whatever the reason, it is certain that this is not the first time that Israel has faced discrimination during the games.
According to The Blaze
, Lebenese athletes blocked the door to the bus that would take the Israeli athletes to the opening day ceremony. Israeli sailing coach Udi Gal posted a status on Facebook about the incident, and said that the matter was only resolved then the Olympic committee organized separate transportation for the Israeli athletes.