Said Sunday to an Abu Dhabi audience: “Ladies and Gentlemen, please rise for the national anthem of Israel”

JTA
Israel’s national anthem played in Abu Dhabi for first time at judo tournament
October 28, 2018

Israel’s national anthem was played for the first time in Abu Dhabi at a judo tournament. Israeli lightweight Judoka Sagi Muki on Sunday won a gold medal at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and heard “Hatikvah” played during the medal ceremony. Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev, who accompanied the team to Abu Dhabi, visibly wept while the anthem was played, Ynet reported. Regev attended despite the fact that Israel does not have diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates….In 2017, five Israeli judokas won medals in Abu Dhabi, including a gold, but tournament organizers refused to play Israel’s national anthem. READ MORE

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