Once again, Israel has proven it can compete on the international stage (or mat). And once again, the international community has shown its bias against the Jewish state and those who represent her. The Times of Israel reports that Israeli Tal Flicker won gold at a judo competition in the United Arab Emirates, and when the host nation refused to raise the flag of Israel or play the national anthem, Flicker sang his own version of "Hatikvah":
An Israeli judoka won a gold medal on Thursday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam judo tournament, but was forced to celebrate his victory under the International Judo Federation’s flag due to a ban by the emirate on the display of Israeli symbols.
Tournament organizers also did not play Israel’s national anthem as Tal Flicker stood on the podium to receive his medal in the men’s under-66 kilograms (145 pounds) category.
After he received his gold medal, Flicker appeared to sing “Hatikvah” as the International Judo Federation’s (IFJ) anthem played in the background...
Ahead of the tournament on Monday, Flicker wrote on Facebook that even without the flag “everyone in the world knows where we are from and what country we represent.”
“I am the most proud in the world to be Israeli,” he added.
The Israeli contestants were also barred from wearing Israeli symbols on their uniforms at the tournament and were listed as representing the International Judo Federation...