PORTUGAL - Lebanese Girl Refuses to Play Israeli

Arno Froese

Contestants worldwide traveled to Portugal late in November, some of which were coming for the teen division of the tournament. Contestants in the World Table Tennis (WTT) Youth Star Contender Vila Nova de Gaia 2022 were set to play in the semi-final round, when 11-year-old Bissan Chiri of Lebanon refused to play her opponent, an Israeli contestant.

On November 26th, Hamas issued a press release praising the young girl. Hamas, while based in Gaza, has recently been cooperating in conjunction with Hezbollah. However, operating in Lebanon has landed Hamas in hot water with Hezbollah, whose turf was invaded in the process.

From athletes to chess masters, competitors from countries like Jordan, Sudan, Algeria, Malaysia, and Iran were just a few of those who have broken rules by their refusal to compete with an Israeli contestant in 2022.

In late 2020, Iranian grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem Maghami was expelled from an international chess tournament after refusing to play Israeli Ehud Sachar in the fourth round of the Corsica Masters championship, for political reasons.

More than 800 players from 30 countries participated in the tournament, according to AFP, including about 40 Grandmasters and International Masters.

-www.jpost.com, 26 November 2022

Arno's Commentary

Politics are taboo when it comes to international sports, but quite apparently not so where Israel is concerned.

Here, once again, we see how Israel is being separated from the nations of the world. 

From Scriptural perspectives, we know that in the end, things will be quite different. In his last few words, Moses exclaimed: “Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places” (Deuteronomy 33:29).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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