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Jerusalem - Saudi Arabia Loses World Chess Tournament For Refusing Visas To Israeli Players

Published on: December 3, 2018 06:01 PM
By: JTA
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Jerusalem - For the second straight year, Saudi Arabia won’t let Israeli chess players in for a world tournament. This year the Arab country will be penalized.

The World Blitz & Rapid Championships has been relocated to Russia after the Israelis were refused visas. The same thing happened to seven Israelis who were to participate in the tournament in December 2017 in Riyadh.

Israeli chess grandmaster Ilya Smirin and former Israeli Chess Federation spokesman Lior Aizenberg, a pro-Israeli activist, wrote last month to the international chess governing body, the International Federation of Chess, or FIDE,  seeking assurances that it would not allow host countries to discriminate against Israelis who want to compete.

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Their letter was sent with the assistance of the Lawfare Project, a nonprofit Jewish civil and human rights organization.

It said that the Israeli players’ “inability to participate in this tournament was due to FIDE’s failure to secure entry visas to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the Israeli nationals and, correspondingly, its failure to guarantee their equal treatment and to protect them against discrimination on the basis of their nationality.”

On Sunday, FIDE said it would move the tournament, scheduled for Dec. 25-31, citing Saudi Arabia’s discriminatory visa policy.

Israeli athletes have frequently had trouble getting visas to enter Arab countries hosting tournaments.



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 Dec 03, 2018 at 06:06 PM Anonymous Says:

This is the country Trump is defending. No Jews allowed. Iran is a Zionist Country next to the Saudis. Not only Jews are allowed they are Citizens and can practice their Religion. Please dont tell the Truth to the Obama haters.

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 Dec 03, 2018 at 07:14 PM eliezer318 Says:

PaulInSaudi, what's your take on this, please?

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 Dec 03, 2018 at 07:15 PM StevenWright Says:

But we hear not a word from anyone. Unlike when Israel refused access to some trouble maker little squirt of a "student".

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 Dec 03, 2018 at 07:16 PM eliezer318 Says:

Can't play chess without missing pieces. Where is MLB?

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 Dec 04, 2018 at 09:54 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

#2 I was going to ask you guys, is Israel a chess powerhouse? Perhaps the Powers That Be are unwilling to push the religious people any further at the moment.
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In other news, I will be on vacation tomorrow until the end of the year. I hope to get some nice absinthe at the Frankfurt duty free.

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 Dec 04, 2018 at 10:46 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

This is the country Trump is defending. No Jews allowed. Iran is a Zionist Country next to the Saudis. Not only Jews are allowed they are Citizens and can practice their Religion. Please dont tell the Truth to the Obama haters.

iran funds hamas and hezbollah using the money sent to them and unfroze for them by your messiah obama and you support them feh
no ever said the saudis were good but better bad allies like the saudis than bad adversaries like iran

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 Dec 04, 2018 at 10:55 PM Anonymous Says:

To #1- Get your head out of your tuchas. The Jews who live in Iran are on a tight leash. Thousands of Jews have fled from Iran, since 1979. The only reason that there is still a Jewish community in Iran, is because they are prohibited from taking their assets with them.

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