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So discriminating against Jews is still ok?



Caleb Bond, The Daily Telegraph

One of the great things about sport is that it has an ability to transcend most of the world's troubles.
For a few hours we can -escape the mundane happenings of daily life and delight in the athleticism and physical ability of fellow humans.
We sit in stadiums with tens of thousands of people all there for the same thing. Millions, sometimes billions, of people around the world, from all walks of life, tune into sporting events.

There is no greater example of the unifying ability of sport than the Olympic Games. Nearly every nation on Earth competes with the utmost sportsmanship.So it has been a great disappointment to see a feeling of anti-Semitism creep into this Olympics, with some people seemingly unable to put politics aside for a few weeks.

The Israeli team was blocked from boarding a bus to the opening ceremony because the Lebanese team was unwilling to share.
Israel says they were -instructed to use the bus but when they tried to get on-board the Lebanese chef de mission, Salim Haj Nicola, reportedly physically blocked the entrance, meaning they had to take separate transport. Haj Nicola openly admitted to stopping the Israelis from sharing the bus. "I asked the bus driver to close the door but the guide with the Israeli team prevented him from doing so," Haj Nicola told a Lebanese newspaper.

"I then stood at the door of the bus to prevent the Israel team from entering and some of them tried to go in and pick a fight." Last week, Egyptian judo fighter Islam El Shehaby refused to shake the hand of his Israeli competitor Or Sasson, who had won. When Sasson approached for a handshake, El Shehaby backed away and shook his head, much to the dismay of the booing crowd.
Any primary school student could tell you after a sporting match you shake your competitors hand as a sign of respect. It is disgraceful that anyone would refuse to shake an -opponent's hand just because he was Jewish.

While these incidents garnered a few news stories, the backlash was minimal for what were open displays of religious and racial prejudice. You can just imagine how the Left would fly off its perch if a Western Olympian refused to shake a Muslim's hand or wouldn't let them share a bus. We are all hyper-aware of "Islamophobia" and the threat it apparently poses, but anti-Semitism goes on with just as much frequency and little is said about it.

Sharri Markson reported in The Australian this week that Sara Saleh, a director of activist group GetUp!, called for Australia to "force Israel into a perennial state of existential anxiety". Ms Saleh accused the media of being biased towards Israel after "years of indoctrination" and said that journalists fabricate news.

At a Sydney University lecture by a former British colonel last year, militant students stormed in and threw money in the faces of Jewish students. Two years ago, eight men climbed on-board a bus of 25 Jewish school students and threatened to slit their throats. In Europe we've seen -terrorist attacks aimed at synagogues and Jewish supermarkets.

While the Sydney siege happened here, people came up with #IllRideWithYou to show solidarity with imaginary Muslim victims. Yet when Jews are attacked as symbols of their faith, the usual suspects do not afford them a hashtag.The selective outrage of the Left means that only certain minority groups are worthy of support. Don't be fooled. Anti-Semitism is alive and well. -Unless we stand up to it, the examples will only become bolder.

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