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Fatah Central Committee secretary and president of the Palestinian Football Federation Jibril Rajoub speaks during a press conference in Ramallah on Feb. 12, 2014. Photo by Issam Rimawi/Flash90.

Watchdog: IOC must take action against PA for urging boycotts of Israeli athletes

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Palestinian Media Watch sent a complaint to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) against the chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee for his support of boycotts against Israeli athletes. PMW wrote in its letter to the IOC on...
Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram (bottom) posing with her gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Village. Source: Facebook/Israel Olympic Committee.

Jewish athletes celebrate Olympic success at Tokyo games

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Many in the Jewish world are sharing in Israel’s record-setting four medal wins at the just-concluded 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Leading the pack were rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram and men’s gymnast Artem Dolgopyat, both of whom captured...
Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram. Source: Linoy Ashram/Instagram.

Linoy Ashram snags gold for Israel in rhythmic gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram won a gold medal for Israel in the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, beating out stiff competition in three separate routines with hoops, ball and ribbon. “It’s what I dreamed of for...
Israeli artistic gymnast and gold medalist Artem Dolgopyat, Aug. 1, 2021. Source: Israel Olympic Committee via Facebook.

No easy fix for Israel’s gold-medal civil marriage dilemma

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It was an epic Olympic Games for Israel. The Jewish state’s team brought home a record four medals from the Tokyo Olympiad, including two that were gold. For a small country that, thanks to...
Team Israel baseball at the Tokyo Olympics. Source: Team Israel Baseball/Facebook.

Team Israel’s Olympic baseball hopes end after loss to Dominican Republic

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Team Israel baseball’s hopes of an Olympic medal ended on Tuesday after it lost a game in dramatic fashion to the Dominican Republic. It lost 7-6 to the Dominicans after former MLB All-Star José Bautista drove in a walk-off, RBI...
Israel’s national women’s judo coach Shani Hershko (left) with Iranian judoka Vahid Sarlak. Source: Screenshot.

Iranian judoka, Israeli coach record message about peace, friendship in sports

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Iranian judoka Vahid Sarlak and Israel’s national women’s judo coach Shani Hershko filmed a message about keeping politics out of sports at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. “I am next to Israeli athletes. I have a great...
Israeli judoka Tohar Butbul. Source: Israel Olympic Committee/Facebook.

Second judoka refuses to compete against Israeli opponent in Tokyo Olympics

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A second judoka dropped out of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in order to avoid facing an opponent from Israel. Sudan’s Mohamed Abdalrasool weighed in earlier for his match against Israeli judoka Tohar Butbul in...
Avishag Semberg, 19, celebrates her bronze medal win at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, July 24, 2021. Photo by Amit Shissel/Israeli Olympic Committee.

Avishag Semberg takes bronze in Israel’s first-ever Olympic medal in taekwondo

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Israeli athlete Avishag Semberg won a bronze medal in taekwondo at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Saturday. The medal is Israel’s first at the Tokyo games, its first in taekwondo and its 10th...
In Kaunas, Lithuania, a football match between HaKoach Vienna and the local Maccabi team, on Jan. 8, 1925. Credit: Yad Vashem Photo Archives.

Yad Vashem marks Olympics with online exhibitions of Jewish, non-Jewish athletes

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Gymnast Estella Agsteribbe was one of five Jewish women to participate in the Olympic Games in Amsterdam in 1928. She was a trailblazer not only as a Jewish athlete, but as one of the first women...
Olympic symbol logo at Japan New National Stadium in Shinjuku. Credit: Urbanscape/Shutterstock.

‘Follow Team Israel’: Headed for Tokyo, hoping for glory

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Nearly 10 years ago, just before the 2012 London Olympics, new immigrants to Israel David Wiseman and Shari Wright-Pilo noticed a lack of what they considered to be much-needed English-language news and content about...