MembersMalaysia Stripped of Paralympics Event

Some Muslim countries remain wary of hosting Israeli athletes.

By Yossi Aloni |
Israeli athletes
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They want to keep up appearances of consistent protest against the Israeli “occupation,” but don’t want to appear as antisemitic or racist.

Malaysia, for example, was scheduled to host the World Para Swimming Championships this summer, an event that serves as a qualifier for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. However, the Muslim country made it clear from the start that it would not permit entry to any Israeli athletes. Israel...

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