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Israeli kickboxer Nili Block, wins Kickboxing World Championships


The 20yr-old Israeli has impressed everyone watching her throughout the championship, even beating a former 6-time world champ in the semi-finals.

By Tomer Ganor


Israeli kickboxer Nili Block won the Kickboxing World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on Saturday, after defeating her Croatian opponent in the finals of the women’s under 60kg category. 

Nili Block. – Photo: Israel Kickboxing Federation

Block’s coach, Beny Cogan, told Ynet, “It was a tough fight to the end; Nili lead on points and kept the advantage even though the Croatian pressured her.”

“We are all happy and proud of Nili’s win, (she) represented us well,” said Israel Kickboxing Federation Chairperson Hani Sachs. Continue Reading »

Israeli Wins Silver at World Athletics Championships


Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko receives congratulatory phone-call from Israel’s President Rivlin, on her win in the triple-jump at the athletics world championships in Beijing.

By i24news


Fourteen years after Israel’s last medal at the World Athletics Championships, Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko has won the silver medal in the triple-jump. She also broke the national record, achieving a jump of 14.78 meters.

Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen comfortably retained her world title at the games in Beijing, stretching her winning streak to 29 competitions and achieving a best of 14.90 meters for the gold medal. Olympic champion Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan took the bronze.

Hannah Minenko – Photo: AFP

This is Israel’s third ever medal at the championships, with previous awards going to pole-vaulter Alex Averbukh, who won bronze in 1999 and silver in 2001. Continue Reading »

Indonesia Refuses Visa to Israeli Badminton Player for World Championship Games

The Badminton World Federation has been conspicuously silent about Indonesia’s refusing Israeli player Misha Zilberman a visa despite his filing initial application 6 months ago.



Israeli Badminton player Misha Zilberman is set to miss next week’s World Championships in Indonesia after the world’s most populous Muslim country refused to grant him a visa.

However, despite filing his initial application six months ago, Zilberman was turned down by Indonesian officials time and again, with all his pleas to the Badminton World Federation falling on deaf ears. Continue Reading »

Israeli Soccer Fans Overreact in Belgium After Anti-Semitic Chants

After Belgium football fans began making anti-Semitic comments, visiting supporters of Bietar Jerusalem caused ‘outrage & shame’ with their violent reaction.

By David Ben Shimol


Fans of the controversial Beitar Jerusalem team shocked the Israeli sports community after a small confrontation with fans of a rival team sparked a violent display at a game in Belgium Thursday night.

Beitar fans hurl smoke-bombs onto field in reaction to anti-Semitic chants by Belgium fans – screenshot

The fans threw smoke grenades and hung a racist flag at the outset of the game, leading play to be suspended. Heavy fines are expected to be imposed on the team, and the team’s owner has pledged to withdraw all support. Continue Reading »

Tel Aviv marathon cancelled after 75 runners injured & unseasonable heat

Tel Aviv marathon cancelled midway after 75 runners were given first-aid treatment by MDA for injuries, with 15 taken to the hospital, & leaving 2 in serious condition.



The organizers of the Tel Aviv Marathon were forced to cancel the event in the middle on Friday morning, after numerous runners suffered injuries due to the unseasonable heat. While most of the runners had completed their tracks, there were about 500 runners on the full marathon track who had not yet finished.

Tel Aviv marathon 2015. – Photo courtesy: ISRAEL POLICE SPOKESPERSON’S UNIT

MDA treated at least 75 runners during the event. Continue Reading »

Star of David featured on Qatari media after Israeli wins swimming competition

Israeli swimmer Guy Barnea had earlier claimed that the Star of David was missing from Israel’s flag after he won Qatari competition match.

By i24news


Footage has surfaced that disproves Israeli swimmer Guy Barnea’s earlier claim that Qatari television showed a graphic of an Israeli flag without the Star of David during coverage of the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships on Sunday in Doha.

Guy Barnea - Photo: Facebook

Guy Barnea – Photo: Facebook

After winning his heat in the 200-meter butterfly at the swimming competition in Qatar, the Israeli swimmer suggested that local television footage left out the most important part of the flag – the Star of David in the middle even though they did show his face on camera, identify him by name and use the ISR initials for Israel. Continue Reading »

Sudan’s Chess King Resigns After Match Against Israeli


Sudan’s top player & president of the Sudanese Chess Association resigns his position following a match against an Israeli opponent. 

By Ben Ariel


The president of the Sudanese Chess Association (SCA) tendered his resignation on Sunday following a game of chess that took place against an Israeli player at the World Youth Chess Championships in South Africa, reports the Sudan Tribune.

Chess (illustration) – Thinkstock

The president, Tariq Zaroog, said that he as an administrator of the top chess body in the country is stepping down and offered his apologies to the Palestinian and Sudanese people, according to the report. Continue Reading »

Israel Team Awarded Silver Medal at World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships

Israeli rhythmic team makes biggest achievement to date, stunning judges & pulling off amazing performance without error.

By Oren Aharoni



Israel’s national rhythmic gymnastic team won the silver medal Sunday in the 2014 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships that took place in Izmir, Turkey. This the team’s biggest achievement to date.

Israel's national team in rhythmic gymnastic in Izmir, Turkey (Photo: EPA)

Israel’s national team in rhythmic gymnastic in Izmir, Turkey – Photo: EPA

The team won the medal for the club routine as part of group competition stage with the final score of 16.983.

The team, which include Alona Kushewtzki, Ida Meirin, Yuval Pilo, Katia Levín, Karina Lichber and Lihi Shuchtowitz, ascended to the finals following a great performance in the preliminaries which gave them the fifth spot in the all round competition and the ticket to the top eight. Continue Reading »

Israel’s baseball team wins int’l games to move up in world rankings

Israel’s European winning streak in 2014 advances team to 19th place worldwide in int’l baseball rankings, above South Africa and Great Britain.

By i24news



Israel has moved up in the most recent International Baseball Federation (IBAF) men’s world rankings, Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Friday.

Israel's baseball team ( Maccabiah/Facebook )

Israel’s baseball team – Maccabiah/Facebook

Israel is now ranked 19th in the world, surpassing several notable countries such as Nicaragua, South Africa and Great Britain.

In order to compile its list of rankings, the IBAF relies on several criteria including results from 2014 baseball events. According to Haaretz, Israel managed to improve its ranking this year due to winning the European Championship C-Pool tournament in Slovenia in July, winning second place in the PONY tournament in Prague, and winning second and third places in the Tuscany Series baseball tournaments in Italy.

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Jewish, Arab Children Playing Together Declared “a crime against humanity” by the PA

Palestinian ‘peace partners’ threaten to prosecute local coach who had dared to let Palestinian children commit the heinous crime of playing soccer with Israeli Jews.

By Yossi Aloni & Ryan Jones


Only former Israeli President Shimon Peres could pull off something like organizing a friendly football (soccer) match between Israeli and Palestinian children just a week after the latest Gaza war.
Shimon Peres initiating a friendly Jewish-Arab sporting event

Shimon Peres initiating a friendly Jewish-Arab sporting event – Shimon Peres שמעון פרס/Facebook page

And only the Palestinian Authority could be so callous as to condemn such a demonstration of peaceful coexistence.

The game organized by Peres wasn’t between just any groups of Israeli and Palestinian kids.

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Spaniards go viral with anti-Semitic Tweets

Now I understand Hitler and his hate for the Jews…’: Over 17,500 Anti-Semitic Tweets after Israeli Victory over Spain’s ‘Real Madrid’


Twitter users in Spain posted 17,500 messages of anti-Semitic abuse after Israeli basketball team Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Real Madrid on Sunday night to win the Euroleague Championship, reports the Jerusalem Post.

basketballJewish groups in the Catalonia region filed a legal complaint over the messages, which flooded the Twitter network after Maccabi’s 98-86 overtime win.

Angry Spanish supporters of Real Madrid created an expletive anti-Semitic hashtag in their messages after the match, which briefly became one of the most popular keywords on Twitter in Spain. Continue Reading »

Harlem Globetrotters won the crowd & their game in Israel


Globetrotters emerged victorious Friday from their exhibition basketball match against the World All-Stars in Haifa.



The Harlem Globetrotters have not lost in eight years and have only been defeated 345 times in more than 22,000 games, so to say that they won their game against the World All-Stars Friday at Romema Arena in Haifa would not be news.

Harlem Globetrotters are Coming to Israel

But the Globetrotters won over their Israeli audience while emerging victorious 112-108 in a game that became close after a basket scored by a child from the crowd awarded 19 points to the challengers and tied the game with less than a minute left to play. Continue Reading »

NBA star Amare Stoudemire gets Presidential invitation to the Holy Land

Israel’s President Shimon Peres has always been a man with big ideas. But this is his biggest yet… Get Amar’e Stoudemire to play for the Israeli national team!


JERUSALEM (AP) — The president of Israel has invited New York Knicks star Amare Stoudemire to play for the country’s national basketball team because of his ties to Judaism.

Shimon Peres met with Stoudemire on Thursday to discuss the player’s charity efforts. Stoudemire, who says he has ”Hebrew roots,” has traveled to Israel before and Peres urged him to help the national team.

The six-time NBA All-Star already has significant ties to Israeli basketball.

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Get Ready for the 19th Maccabiah Games from Jerusalem

For the 1st time since 2001, the opening ceremony is returning to Jerusalem.


Four years of waiting is to come to an end in spectacular fashion when the 19th Maccabiah gets underway with Thursday’s opening ceremony in the capital’s Teddy Stadium.

Maccabiah games ready to kick off.

Maccabiah games ready to kick off. – Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

Around 32,000 people are expected to pack the stands, with thousands of Jewish athletes from 77 countries to march around the stadium as part of the Parade of Nations.

President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be among the numerous local and foreign dignitaries present at the ceremony.

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FILA suspends Egyptian wrestler for allegedly biting Israeli opponent

Egyptian wrestler Enas Moustafa Khourshid also refused to shake Israeli wrestler Ilana Kartysh’s hand, disrespecting wrestling protocol.

FILA president says, “Legal commission will soon decided about the final fine” for Khourshid.

Israel’s Kartysh went on to win the tournament.

The Associated Press


Wrestling’s governing body says it suspended an Egyptian athlete who allegedly bit her Israeli opponent during a bout.

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