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Complaint names Palestinian official for boycotting Olympics

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Officials with the Palestinian Media Watch have filed a formal complaint against Jibril Rajoub, the chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, for violating the International Olympic Committee’s charter and code of ethics.

His offense was to cheer the boycott of competitions when the scheduling formats brought a Palestinian into a match against an Israeli, because they believe to compete would “recognize Israel’s existence,” a PMW report said.

Rajoub praised Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine for withdrawing from the competition rather than face an Israeli.

Rajoub’s comments, to a radio station, were, “There is no place for meeting with anyone who is connected to this official terror (i.e., Israel), not in sports and not outside of sports. I hope that this will be a message to all the Arabs who are normalizing and those who are rushing [towards normalizing ties with Israel].”

Rajoub followed the next day with, “This (i.e., Nourine refusing to compete against an Israeli) expresses the real and deep-rooted Algerian affiliation with Palestine, with the cause of Palestine. The best of blessings to the Algerian people and blessings to this great athlete [Nourine]. We wish you all the best, calmness, and stability.”

Games officials said it was investigating and could impose sanctions against those staging such boycotts.

The International Judo Federation said, “Following the draw of the judo competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,

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