Anti-Semitism, Paris Olympics 2024, NBA

Former NBA star objects to Israel's participation in Olympics

In Paris, tensions rose as pro-Palestinian protesters assembled near the Olympic headquarters, advocating for Israel's removal from the competition.

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With the 2024 Paris Olympic Games on the horizon, controversies stirred after NBA star Tariq Abdul-Wahad commented on Israel’s involvement in the Olympics, according to the Jerusalem Post.

The professional athlete questioned the consistency of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) global policies, according to a statement reported by Turkish media. As the Paris Olympics quickly approach, tensions rise and have become clear over Israel’s participation. Former NBA player Tariq Abdul-Wahad has made headlines with his off-court attempts to block Israel’s involvement in the competition.

Drawing contrasts to Russia’s pushback in February of 2022, Abdul-Wahad said, “If you want to compete in an international competition that is recognized by international organizations, you have to respect international law.” He added, “Russia did not follow the law. Their athletes got banned. Let’s not be hypocrites here. Let’s treat everybody the same.”

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