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.”