Israeli Judoka: Rival’s ‘Allahu Akbar’ Before Bout Reminded Me of Terror Attacks
The Times of Israel reports: Israel’s Olympic bronze medalist Or Sasson (pictured) said that tensions ran high between the Egyptian and Israeli judo delegations even before the now-infamous rejected handshake with Sasson’s Egyptian competitor Islam El Shehaby.
The Egyptian judoka raised a storm in Rio by refusing to shake hands with Sasson, and at first refusing to bow, after losing the match on Friday. He was reprimanded by an Olympic disciplinary commission.
In Sasson’s memory of the past week, the infamous handshake incident was merely the tip of an iceberg of antagonism, which awakened in the Jerusalem native associations with terror attacks in Israel. – READ MORE