After the bronze won by Yarden Gerbi earlier this week, Israel's judo team continues its run in Rio. But those who hate the Jewish state continue their anti-Israel campaigns, as well. Algemeiner's Ruthie Blum reports that fans of Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby are pressuring him not to compete in today's bout against Israeli Or Sasson:
An Egyptian judoka is being pressured on social media not to show up for his scheduled Friday-afternoon fight against an Israeli contender at the Olympics in Rio, the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Thursday.
According to the report, in spite of repeated assertions from the chairman of the Egyptian Olympic Committee that Islam El Shehaby will appear on the mat for his slated match against Israeli judoka Or Sasson – going as far as to warn the athlete that, if he fails to do so, his Egyptian citizenship will be revoked – calls from fans on Facebook and Twitter for him to shun the fight have been intensifying.
“You will shame Islam,” wrote one angry follower. “If you lose, you will shame an entire nation and yourself. We don’t want to think what will happen if you lost to an Israeli. Victory will give you nothing. How can you cooperate with a murderous nation?”
El Shehaby, who is known for his extreme anti-Israel views, told Egyptian media outlets that he would make his decision closer to the fight. “The situation is very sensitive,” he said. “And I don’t want to discuss it..."
An update from Yediot Achronot...Israel's Or Sasson defeated the Egyptian judoka, who then refused to shake the Israeli' victors hand:
The two competed Friday afternoon, with Sasson advancing to the second and El Shehaby being eliminated from the games. After the bout was over, Sasson went in for the traditional sportsmanly handshake, but the Egyptian backed away, snubbing his opponent.
The gesture was met with boos from the crowd.