World Jewish Congress Rips Indonesia for Banning Entry to Israeli Badminton Player Misha Zilberman

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) blasted Indonesia on Friday for denying an entry visa to Israeli badminton player Misha Zilberman and criticized authorities in the country for “unfairly mixing politics and sports.”

“Let’s be clear about this: Here we have yet another blatant attempt to mix politics and sports, and to exclude Israeli athletes from international competitions,” said WJC CEO Robert Singer. “If this decision is upheld, it will do harm to Indonesia’s standing in the world, and it will raise the question whether this is the right place to hold such prestigious events.”

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The precedent for this kind of nonsense (making sports political) started in earnest by the left with the actions against South Africa. Why the hell wasn’t the Soviet Union ever sanctioned like that?
    I notice that entire playbook is being re-used against Israel today.

    • By the Moderate Muslim Nation of Indonesia no less.

      The Iran deal will open the floodgates to all sorts of crap like this.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      I thought that making sports political began with the Hitler Olympics.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Did anybody boycott the 1936 Olympics?

        • Norman_In_New_York

          Just as Zilberman has been blocked from entry, track stars Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller were kept out of Berlin against their will, and for the same reason.

  • roccolore

    Just imagine the outrage if a Muslim athlete were banned.

  • Brett_McS

    Indonesia is the Muslim nation that proves Islam is compatible with democratic … blah blah blah.

  • wallyj180

    “If this decision is upheld, it will do harm to Indonesia’s standing in the world … ”

    He’s kidding, right?