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After refusing to play Davis Cup match on Yom Kippur, Israel fined

Israel Tennis Association was ordered to compensate the Belgian team for inconvenience of postponing game one day.




The Israel Tennis Association has been fined more than $13,000 for refusing to play a Davis Cup match on Yom Kippur.

Israeli tennis player Dudi Sela, right, and Jonathan Erlich, left

Israeli tennis player Dudi Sela, right, and Jonathan Erlich, left, wipe their faces as they listen to the advice of team coach Eyal Ran, during the first round of the Davis Cup, Feb. 2, 2013. – Photo: AP

The Israeli national tennis team had been scheduled to play against the Belgium national tennis team in Antwerp on September 14, which is Yom Kippur, in the world group playoffs, the highest level of Davis Cup play. Continue Reading »

A guy named Macabi brought 21 new countries to Israel’s Maccabiah Games

Of the 78 delegations & 9,000 athletes marching into Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium to open the Maccabiah next week, 21 nations will be participating for the 1st time!

Maccabiah Cuba

Cuban softball player Alberto Tacher, left, and coach Roberto Saria Popowsky, both living in Israel, welcome archery siblings and fellow Cuba natives Rafael, second from right, and Roxana Gonzalez upon their arrival at Ben Gurion Airport to participate in the Maccabiah Games, July 3, 2013.

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Formula 1 speeds through Jerusalem, putting capital’s traffic jams to shame

Thousands of spectators – religious & secular Israelis, Palestinians, & tourists – stand together to watch the fastest cars Jerusalem has ever seen.



Tens of thousands of Israelis, Palestinians, and tourists flocked Thursday for the first day of Formula One road show on the streets of Jerusalem.

Route of Formula One show in Jerusalem.

The route of the Formula One “peace road show” in Jerusalem.


The exhibition, which included eight Formula One race-cars and a few motorcycles, is scheduled to continue on Friday. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, a fan of motor sports, initiated the bid for his city to host the world’s greatest race-car show. Continue Reading »

FIFA not bending to Palestinian pressure to sanction Israel

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter will meet with gov’t officials in Jerusalem & members of the IFA to try and come up with a compromise arrangement with the Palestinian players.

By Moshe Boker and Reuters


Anyone in Israel concerned that FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, was about to acquiesce to the demands of the Palestinian soccer federation and impose sanctions against Israel, can rest easy.

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Former French soccer star Lilian Thuram, left, watches as Palestinian Football Association chairman Jibril Rajoub kicks the ball during the inauguration of the new stadium Thursday. – Photo: AFP

On Friday afternoon, Israel Football Association chairman Avi Luzon managed to convince FIFA’s all-powerful president, Sepp Blatter, to seek a less aggressive solution to the long-running problem of limited freedom of movement for Palestinian players in Gaza and the West Bank. Continue Reading »

Fatah: Boycott the Jerusalem marathon

Palestinians call on participants & sponsors alike to withdraw their support from the annual race that also winds through city’s eastern section

By the Associated Press


Palestinians are calling for a boycott of a marathon race in Jerusalem that winds through the city’s eastern sector. Palestinians claim it as their capital.

‘Symbol of coexistence.’ Jerusalem marathon (archives) – Photo: Reuters

The third annual Jerusalem marathon takes place Friday. Previous races have drawn thousands of runners from around the world and attracted international brands as sponsors.

In a statement Tuesday, the Palestine Liberation Organization called on marathon participants and sponsors to withdraw their support. Continue Reading »

Pro-Palestinian group protests against Israeli Soccer at UEFA offices

Anti-Israel Protesters chanted slogans & carried banners & placards in protest against Israel’s hosting of the European Under-21 Championship Games.


A group of pro-Palestinian activists occupied UEFA’s headquarters and met with its president Michel Platini on Friday to protest Israel’s hosting of the European Under-21 Championship.

Pro-Palestinian protesters at the UEFA headquarters, January 25, 2013.

Pro-Palestinian protesters at the UEFA headquarters, January 25, 2013. – Photo by AP

Protesters chanted slogans and carried banners and placards critical of Platini before some were invited into his office following a meeting of his executive committee.

Olivia Zemor, a spokeswoman for the group, said they told Platini that UEFA was “encouraging war crimes” by choosing Israel to host the eight-nation event in June. Continue Reading »

Orthodox Jewish ex-champ makes inspiring comeback

Fighter Yuri Foreman credits fellow Jews for reviving his passion for the ring after demoralizing loss.


Yuri Foreman, the Orthodox rabbi-in-training and former boxing champ, is on the comeback trail ? and he thanks his fellow Jews for giving him the inspiration to make it happen.

Yuri Foreman

The one-time WBA world light middleweight champion returns to the ring in a non-title bout against Brandon Baue in New York on Wednesday, January 23. It will be Foreman’s first fight in New York since his devastating loss to Miguel Cotto at Yankee Stadium in June 2010.

“Jewish people are happy that I am coming back, they had been waiting, so it’s kind of inspiring, because it’s not just me,” he said. Continue Reading »