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Rio De Janeiro - Egyptian Who Wouldn't Shake Israeli's Hand Reprimanded, Sent Home

Published on: August 15, 2016 03:49 PM
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Egypt's Islam El Shehaby, blue, declines to shake hands with Israel's Or Sasson, white, after losing during the men's over 100-kg judo competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)Egypt's Islam El Shehaby, blue, declines to shake hands with Israel's Or Sasson, white, after losing during the men's over 100-kg judo competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Rio De Janeiro - An Egyptian athlete who refused to shake his Israeli opponent’s hand after their judo bout has been reprimanded and sent home from the Rio Olympics, officials said Monday.

The International Olympic Committee said Islam El Shehaby received a “severe reprimand” for his behavior following his first-round heavyweight bout loss to Or Sasson on Friday.

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When Sasson extended his hand, El Shehaby backed away and shook his head, injecting Middle Eastern politics into the Rio Olympics. 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.

Judo opponents typically bow or shake hands at the beginning and end of a match as a sign of respect.

El Shehaby, an ultraconservative Salafi Muslim, had come under pressure from Islamist-leaning and nationalist voices in Egypt before the Rio Games to withdraw, but competed anyway.

The IOC, which set up a disciplinary commission to investigate the incident, said the Egyptian’s conduct “was contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship embodied in the Olympic values.”

The Egyptian Olympic Committee also “strongly condemned” El Shehaby’s actions “and has sent him home,” the IOC said.

The IOC also asked the Egyptian committee to make sure that all its athletes “receive proper education on the Olympic values before coming to the Olympic Games.”

Immediately after the bout, the Egyptian Olympic committee had called it a “personal action” by El Shehaby, adding that he had been “alerted before the match to abide by all the rules and to have sporting spirt during his match with the Israeli player.”

Sasson, who lost in the semifinals but later won a bronze medal, had said he was not surprised by El Shehaby’s actions because his coaches had warned him he might be refused a handshake. “This was his decision,” he said.

Similar incidents have happened before at judo competitions between Israelis and Arabs.

Egypt was the first country in the Arab world to sign a peace treaty and normalize relations with Israel after decades of war.



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 Aug 15, 2016 at 03:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Good riddance!

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 Aug 15, 2016 at 04:09 PM VeyIzMir Says:

He may have been sent home, but I'm sure he will receive a hero's welcome when he gets there! Crazy people.

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 Aug 15, 2016 at 04:13 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

I thought the Zionists made peace with Egypt, another Zionist folly.

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 Aug 15, 2016 at 04:19 PM BlueBerry Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Good riddance!

They sent him home because he was done competing!

In other words nothing was done.

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 Aug 15, 2016 at 04:48 PM PureSatmar Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Good riddance!

I guess you'll name it a Kiddush Hashem thanks to the religious Knesset members, no?

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 Aug 15, 2016 at 05:46 PM LionofZion Says:

A great victory for Israel and all of the Jewish nation. Sasson went on to win a bronze medal, a great Kiddush Hashem-Jews can do anything!

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 Aug 15, 2016 at 06:30 PM common-sense Says:

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kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

I thought the Zionists made peace with Egypt, another Zionist folly.

Yes, they made peace with Egypt and there has not been a war with Egypt since the peace treaty was signed. Many Jewish lives have been saved as a result. But to you, the peace treaty was "Zionist folly" because an Egyptian athlete refused to shake hands with an Israeli. This is the logic of these folks.

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 Aug 15, 2016 at 06:42 PM why-not Says:

Have you studied the halachos of kidush hsshem that would define this as such?

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 Aug 15, 2016 at 08:05 PM Reb Yid Says:

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LionofZion Says:

A great victory for Israel and all of the Jewish nation. Sasson went on to win a bronze medal, a great Kiddush Hashem-Jews can do anything!

Playing in the olympics of the misyavnim, against which the maccabim were fighting, is a kiddush hashem? Hardly.

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 Aug 15, 2016 at 09:32 PM Normal Says:

Israel and Egypt have been at peace for decades, wonder what would have happened had it been any other country.

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 Aug 16, 2016 at 07:44 AM Anonymous Says:

The Israeli should not even have attempted to shake hands with that sore loser. A slight nod would have sufficed.

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