In this Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 photo released by Saudi Press Agency, two Saudi officials play chess during the opening the first ever chess tournament in Riyadh. (Saudi Press Agency via AP) (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

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Once again, politics and hate have polluted an international competition in the Arab world, at the expense of Israel as usual.

The King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships, the first international chess competition held in Saudi Arabia, has commenced without a key delegation of chess players – the Israeli team.

This happened because the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia refuses to issue visas to Israel on racist and discriminatory grounds.

The response of the World Chess Federation? Silence.




Israeli Chess Players Excluded From Saudi Tournament

Once again, politics and hate have found their way into competitive sports at the expense of Israel.The first international chess competition held in Saudi Arabia, has commenced without a key delegation of chess players – the Israeli team. This has happened because the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has refused to issue visas to Israel on racist and discriminatory grounds. The response of the World Chess Federation? Silence.Shameful.Via StandWithUs

Posted by United With Israel on Tuesday, December 26, 2017



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