Muslim Blood Sports

Ari Lieberman is an attorney and former prosecutor.


wrestler-e1372927951522-635x357In the civilized world, it is universally recognized and axiomatic that sport, whether tennis, judo or boxing, transcends politics. Sure the fans may root for the home team and wish to see their nationals triumph, but for the sportsmen and women involved in the match, it is a matter of love of the game, testing the limits of one’s own abilities, and respect for the opposing player’s talents. Hence, boxers for example, may pummel each other for twelve rounds but always touch gloves before the bout and generally congratulate each other after. The same holds true for most other sporting events, and this is particularly true of sporting events where aggressive physical contact is central to the game.

But what is self-evident in the civilized West does not necessarily hold true for the Islamic East. Consider the strange case of Enas Moustafa Youssef Khourshid, a female Egyptian wrestler who was paired against Ilana Kartysh of Israel during a June 3 semifinal match at a Grand Prix event in Sassari, Italy. The Egyptian was outclassed by her Israeli opponent (who went on to win the gold) and lost the bout, but what was extraordinary about the event was not the match itself, but how the Egyptian conducted herself during the competition. First, the Egyptian violated wrestling protocol by refusing to shake hands with her Israeli opponent. Then, during the match, the Egyptian sunk her teeth into her opponent’s back, drawing blood.

Khourshid’s reprehensible behavior, which drew a suspension, is not an isolated incident. Unsportsmanlike conduct occurs with regular frequency in the Islamist world. In 2011, Ramadan Darwish, an Egyptian Judoka, refused to shake hands with Arik Ze’evi, his Israeli counterpart, after the Israeli trounced Darwish in a Judo tournament. He also refused to bow, a crude and disrespectful act that is unheard of in the world of martial arts. Darwish’s crass behavior prompted the referee to recall him to the floor and only after repeated requests did Darwish return, only to direct his bow toward the referee and not toward his opponent thus compounding the indignity. Darwish’s repugnant display can be viewed here.

In a 2010 weight lifting competition, an Iranian second runner-up snubbed the Israeli first place winner, Sergio Britva, and refused to shake his hand. The Iranian, however, was forced to stand on the podium as Israel’s national anthem was played and her flag raised, but scattered rather quickly upon completion of the ceremony.

Muslim and Arab unsportsmanlike malevolence is not merely limited to biting and snubbing. On several occasions, Muslim players have feigned illness to avoid competing with Israelis. In yet another outrage, two Lebanese Judo players requested that Olympic committee members place a partition between them and Israeli Judokas who were practicing nearby. Olympic officials obscenely complied with the Apartheid-like, Islamist request.

These odious incidents are symptomatic of a diseased and corrupt Islamist culture, one that fosters hate, suspicion, ignorance and xenophobia. If any other group acted in this manner, sports officials would ban them indefinitely and rightly so. But for some reason, Islamist nations get a free pass, and so, in the absence of any meaningful sanction, their racist behavior continues and grows more outrageous. Khourshid’s suspension represents a step in the right direction and those officials who imposed it should be lauded, but clearly, international sporting officials need to impose stiffer sanctions and indefinitely ban those who engage in behavior that represents the antithesis of sportsmanlike conduct.

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  • Joe

    This rude behaviour is the symptom of an ongoing anti-Israeli/Jews brainwashing and demonization. Maybe it’s about time to take care of the core problem.

  • toryu88

    It just shows that the Muslims are swine. There are no Muslim extremists, only good practicing Muslims. Their reprehensible and dog-like behavior is because they follow the Surah and emulate the behavior of Mohammed, the role model.

  • StanleyT

    In a reasonable world, any sign of this unreasonable kind of behaviour by athletes would result in their immediate suspension or expulsion from the event. In a reasonable world ….

    • Drakken

      But these are the most unreasonable of times.

  • Taimoor Khan

    Biting is wrong if intentional and should be penalized.

    However shaking hands could a symbolic way of protesting a state that does not recognize a people, is oppressing Palestinians, and is racist.

    Why weren’t countries blamed for lack of sportsmanship for refusing to play olympics in Naz! Germany?

  • Jakareh

    Nothing wrong with this. Al-Azhar, which according to Obama “carried the light of learning
    through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and
    Enlightenment”, has already declared that cannibalizing Jews is Christians is a-okay.

  • CowboyUp

    I love it when the bad sports lose. How a person conducts themselves on the mat or field says a lot about that person, win, lose, or draw. It’s telling that these ‘athlete’s’ coaches apparently not only allow, but apparently condone this behavior.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      But I don’t love it when officials tolerate it.

  • Bert

    The ever present “elephant in the room” is the display of Jewish cowardice and self debasement in the face of endless Muslim aggression. What goes on in sports competition is a reflection of Muslim aggression inside Israel including illegal home building and many attacks on Israeli civilians while the corrupt Israeli government stands by quietly. The Muslims are steadfast in their hatred and their aggression which finds encouragement from the moral rot of the Israeli government.

  • Softly Bob

    Muslims (cowards the lot of them) are sore losers because they are not functioning adults. They need to be banned from International sport. It would be no loss to the rest of the World because most of them are crap at it anyway. Unless of course, wife-beating, lying and child-molesting become part of the Olympic schedule!

    • Drakken

      It is rather fun and amusing to watch the Israeli’s beat an arab muslim, just watching the muslim have a meltdown shows the world that they are dealing with savages.

    • ServosT

      It in the muslim’s religion/ideology that they (especially the Arabs) are superior people and that we infidels (especially the Jews) are inferior. It must drive them batty when they observe the world around them and see the opposite is true.

  • CowboyUp

    I just read the ynet article, and though it doesn’t seem to be her nature, I hope Ilana got in some good crossfaces on Moustafa. I used to feel a little guilty beating the nice guys, but loved wrestling the bad sports and the ones that liked to injure people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/raymond.fleischman.7 Raymond Fleischman

    Rather than accommodate their desire for special requests they should be required to play like the rest of us or they should not be allowed to play, NO SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS. Same with immigrants here in the US or anywhere I guess, assimilate or go, the host society should not conform to the visitor which seems to have overcome the US immigration experience.

    • defcon 4

      Things have gone well beyond the realm of “special accomodations”, Dearbornistan, Michigan is, in many respects, an islamofascist state in the Mid-West.

  • poetcomic1

    Islam does not have The Golden Rule. Every other major religion does.

  • BBop

    Oh God! Muslims are unsportsmanlike?

    Thank god we have people like Oscar Pistorius and Lance Armstrong in the West really showing them how it’s done! (taking drugs and shooting their girlfriends)

    Who’s CREATING the conflict? Who’s PROFITING? Look there.

    • Guy Fromage

      Don’t keep us in suspense! Who?!

      • defcon 4

        LOL. Who could it be?

  • Guy Fromage

    It appears the thesis of this article, is there is something about islam which encourages unsportsmanlike behavior. To test this, I would suggest investigating the question of frequency of such incidence between fellow muslims. For example, do muslim olympians demand that barriers be placed between them, and other muslim olympians? How often to muslim judoka refuse to bow to each other?

    Never mind. I think I just answered my own question…

  • LindaRivera

    Many times, Muslims attack Jews in sports and are merely suspended instead of being permanently banned. It is disgusting and IMMORAL.

    “The Egyptian sunk her teeth into her opponent’s back, drawing blood.”

    In Western countries, Muslims are ALLOWED to perpetrate acts of violence against non-Muslims and receive a mere slap on the wrist.

    Stop applying Islamic sharia law in our Western countries — one law for HIGHLY FAVORED Muslims and another law for despised non-Muslims.

  • Arty Cohn

    Is Mike Tyson, who did the same thing, a Moslem?

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “In the civilized world, it is universally recognized and axiomatic that sport, whether tennis, judo or boxing, transcends politics.”

    Only when the athletes share the same civilization. Inviting enemies of one’s civilization to sporting events is just asking for trouble. Time to wise up.

  • canuck

    Time to divide…Raghead Olympics and normal Olympics.

  • HiPlainsDrifter

    Mike Tyson bite off the ear of Evander Hollifeld…is he a Mooslime?

    • defcon 4

      As a matter of fact, Tyson did convert to islam.

  • Anamah

    Rabid can’t compete… they are not prepared for fair play, in reality they tend to cheat… they know to keep failures.

  • lavallette

    To ask a Muslim of either sex to show some respect towards an infidel, a dhimmi, is equivalent to asking someone to kiss a dirty pig or to hug and ape. It is all there in their book.

  • BSDN

    In the civilized world we have something as grotesque as female wrestling? You gotta be kidding.

    • defcon 4

      Yeah, equal rights for women is a real problem isn’t it? Do you get rug burns on your hands while you walk?

  • herb benty

    From the very beginning of Islam, Jews would not join in Mo’s religion, so in muslim minds, Jews are the original “offenders”, with those stout Christians 2nd on the list. Islam is very similar to “Star Trek’s”…Borg(“you will be assimilated”). Why allow a people who hate us, a people stuck in the 6th Century, to bother us AT ALL. The left in our countries are absolute idiots, and pretending to be the pinacle of intelligence yet!! The lefties think muslim terrorists are like freedom fighters- they aren’t. Muslims kill because the Coran ORDERS them to, with eternal penalties if they don’t. Islam is toxic to freedom, Truth, women, and makes sexual perverts out of it’s men. Why does the left cozy up to them?

  • Drakken

    You bloody islamaniacs deserve everything you get and more, Happy Nakba muzzy, enjoy it!

  • defcon 4

    Once again the mendacious hypocrisy of islam0-nazis is again exposed. The deliberate, state sponsored persecution of non-muslims in all muslo-nazi states isn’t a problem. The fact that Jews have been ethnically cleansed from the entire Mid-East and N. Africa by muslimes also, isn’t problematic. The fact Jews are not allowed to live in or practice their faith in the Gaza Strip or on the Temple Mount similarly is non-problematic. The fact that Israel is the only place in the Mid-East and N. Africa where muslimes can’t persecute, murder and rape non-muslims with impunity is the real problem. Isn’t it Taimoor?