The myth of a moderate Muslim nation destroyed by Malaysia

Windsurfer Noy Drihan. (photo credit:AMIT SHISEL/ISA)

Windsurfer Noy Drihan. (photo credit:AMIT SHISEL/ISA)

One of the reasons that is held up for changing the flag in NZ is that our athletes would have a better “brand” to wear. But what if they were refused permission to compete wearing that flag?

People hold up Malaysia as an example of a moderate Muslim nation, but that can no longer be the case after they refused visas for two Israeli windsurfers, refused to let them wear their flag on their clothing and if they won medals no national anthem would be played.

Organizers demanded that the surfers would not compete under the Israel flag and wouldn’t be allowed to use any symbol identifiable with Israel on their clothes or surfboards.

Drihan will not have an opportunity to defend their titles at the Youth Sailing World Championships, which get underway in Langkawi, Malaysia on Sunday, after the Israel Sailing Association (ISA) announced on Wednesday that it will not be sending a delegation due to the demands made by the organizers and the fact the surfers have yet to receive visas. ?

The ISA notified the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the International Olympic Committee and the hosts on Wednesday that Israel will not be taking part as the organizers demanded that the surfers would not compete under the Israel flag and wouldn’t be allowed to use any symbol identifiable with Israel on their clothes or surfboards.

The hosts also said that should an Israeli win a gold medal the Israeli national anthem would not be played.

“As we have yet to receive visas, 24 hours before our scheduled departure date, and considering the restrictions and difficulties the organizing committee has placed on us, we have decided not to take part in the competition,” said ISA chairman Gili Amir.

“The Malaysians’ demands are unacceptable, and as we haven’t received the visas, we decided not to participate. We condemn the unsporting conduct of the organizing committee. We will not agree to be humiliated and we are considering filing a lawsuit against the ISAF and the host country in coordination with the Olympic Committee of Israel.”

Omer claimed the gold medal in the boys Under-19 competition in the previous championships in Gdynia, Poland last year, while Drihan won the girls U17 and U19 events.

The chance that an Israeli sailor would be on the podium was high. Omer had?won gold before, as had Drihan.

Malaysia has just shown that there is no such thing as a moderate Muslim nation.

 

– Jerusalem Post

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