Monday, Dec. 11
Latest News
  1. Israeli forces violently disperse Palestinians at Damascus Gate
  2. Clashes continue in Bethlehem, Aida Refugee Camp
  3. Israeli forces shoot, injure young Palestinian woman in Ramallah area
  4. In Photos: Israeli police use force to break up protest in Jerusalem
  5. Palestinians observe general strike in protest of Trump decision
  6. Over 50 Palestinians injured, 9 with live ammunition, in clashes
  7. Israeli army enforces punitive closure of Jenin-area town
  8. 4-year-old Gazan boy succumbs to wounds sustained in 2014
  9. Abbas to UN: stop Trump from recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli capital
  10. Israel orders demolition of Palestinian structures in Qalqiliya area

Palestinian kickboxer refuses to compete against Israeli at World Youth Championship

Aug. 9, 2017 12:59 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 9, 2017 3:14 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian kickboxer reportedly refused to compete against an Israeli opponent during the World Youth Championship in Thailand.

The head of the Palestinian Association of Kickboxing and Muay Thai, Muhammad Ahmad Zeidani, told Ma’an on Tuesday that Sultan Abu al-Hajj, a resident of the Ramallah district of the occupied West Bank, was one of five athletes from the Palestinian delegation attending the championship.

Abu al-Hajj was set to spar against an Israeli opponent in the final rounds of the competition, but refused to do so, “as there has not yet been an official Palestinian decision over whether to face Israeli athletes in any sporting event.”

Israeli news outlet Ynet reported on Wednesday that the Israeli kickboxer, Amit Madah, won a bronze medal after Abu al-Hajj forfeited.

Many Palestinians have come out in opposition of “normalization” with Israelis, saying that agreeing to participate in events alongside Israelis -- whether cultural or athletic -- contributed to minimizing the harm caused by decades of Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2017