Profile in Courage: Judoka Tal Flicker in Abu Dhabi

9 Cheshvan 5778

29 October 2017


Quote of the Day:

Early this morning, your humble servant returned from a trip to Nepal and India, a trip during which he heard nothing but praise for Israel.

The most eloquent words I heard came from a professor of social anthropology I visited with in Delhi. He is a Hindu who became fluent in Arabic and went to various Arab countries and locations to study Arab culture. He lived for over a year in Gaza and in Judea and Samaria.

In the course of a conversation in which he was describing the lack of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, he said:

“If there is one thing I have learned, it is that if the Palestinians are disarmed, there will be peace. If the Israelis are disarmed, there will be no Israel.”


The News on the Israeli Street

Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .

Palestinian terrorists attacked Israelis with “rocks”, Molotovs, arson fires, and IEDs at such places as Wadi Joz, Gush Etzion, Abu Dis (a Border Policeman was wounded), Ya’bad, Al Khader, at various points along Route 60, and the Hagai House in Hevron. More than 25 terror attacks have been reported.

During the last week, six Israelis were wounded by terrorists. The most serious among the wounded was a child who was hit in the head by a “rock” near the Spring of Abraham in Hevron. After being hit in the head, the boy fell into the water and nearly drowned. He is still hospitalized with a concussion.

In some good news, Hamas has reported this morning that as many as three of its military wing are dead and numerous others are missing in the collapse of a tunnel near the Hamuda Junction, east of Jabalya.

The time changed last night . . .

At midnight, about three hours before your humble servant was flying in from his trip to India and Nepal, the time changed as the clock moved back an hour.

Chief Justice Miriam Naor bids a tearful goodbye . . .

Naor’s term on the Supreme Court has just ended, and at her going away party she tearfully talked about how she attempted to always adhere to the“rule of law.”

This self-serving statement is nonsense.

Time after time during her reign of terror on the Court, Naor did everything within her power to decide cases in favor of Arabs and against Jews–never with any adherence to the rule of law. Nowhere was this more obvious than in the decisions she wrote on cases involving land ownership in Judea and Samaria.

Under Naor’s leadership, the Court effectively blocked the demolition of illegally constructed Arab houses by granting temporary injunctions to residents and refusing to lift those injunctions making them in effect, permanent.

Your humble servant has only one thing to say about Na’or’s departure.

Good riddance. 



Profile in Courage: Judoka Tal Flicker in Abu Dhabi

Tal Flicker on the podium receiving the gold medal. Notice the empty rectangle over his heart where the Israeli flag should have been.

Tal Flicker on the podium receiving the gold medal. Notice the empty rectangle over his heart where the Israeli flag should have been (picture: Tundratabloids).

Israeli athletes excelled in the recent judo championships by winning five medals including a gold by Tal Flicker in the “under 66 kg” category.

The competition was held in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

And, if you can believe this, the World Judo Federation allowed the UAE to set conditions on Israeli participation. So when our Israeli athletes competed, they were not permitted to stitch “Israel” or an Israeli flag on their uniforms, and when they won medals our Israeli flag was not flown in the award ceremony and the Israeli national anthem was not played.

Bizarrely, Marcus Weiser, the President of the World Judo Federation, called a meeting yesterday during which he and other Judo officials apologized to the Israeli athletes for the non-recognition and congratulated them for their success.

Weiser promised that next year at the next competition, he would try to ensure that Israeli symbols are seen and heard, and concluded:  “I think that even without the flag and anthem of Israel, your team was treated very well and with great respect in this event; two years ago we achieved the first participation of the Israeli team in Abu Dhabi, now this is the second time, but with a much better approach. 

These delicate issues between countries, governments and nations can not be resolved over night and can not be solved immediately by sports. We hope that soon we will be able to break further barriers for tolerance between states, and thus express the true value of sport, with unity, friendship and solidarity. ” 

What unadulterated bullsh*t. 

Not only should Abu Dhabi have never been permitted to host any judo event without allowing all athletes to be duly recognized, but also Weiser’s spiel about “delicate issues” being resolved “overnight” is absurd. Abu Dhabi has had 69 years to recognize Israel. 

What symbols will the UAE permit Israelis to have next year?  Without any doubt, none.

One last note. Kudos to Tal Flicker not only for winning the gold medal . . .

A defiant Flicker sings Hatikvah.

A defiant Flicker sings Hatikvah (picture: Daily Mail).

. . . but also for courageously and defiantly singing Hatikvah while the musical theme of the International Judo Federation was being played in its stead at the medal ceremony. 

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