? Another gold medal for Israel – Hatikva anthem plays in Abu Dhabi for the second time
Peter Paltchik became the second Israeli judoka to win a gold medal at the International Judo Federation’s Grand Slam competition in the United Arab Emirates on Monday.
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Peter Paltchik defeated Elmar Gasimov of Azerbaijan to take the gold medal in the men’s 100-kilogram division at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam judo tournament.
UAE had previously banned any representation of the Israeli team’s nationality, including displaying the flag.
On Sunday, Israel’s national anthem “Hatikva” was played for the first time in Abu Dhabi after Israeli judoka Sagi Muki won a gold medal and Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev, who was in attendance, openly wept.
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Following the event on Sunday, Regev made an official visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
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“The whole message here is of unity and peace,” she stated.
“It was very important to them that I would come to the mosque, and I respected the sanctity of the place,” said Regev, who wore traditional clothes and removed her shoes when visiting the mosque.
“I signed the mosque’s guest book in Hebrew. I wanted to show the brotherhood that could be between Jews and Muslims, and offer a hand in peace,” she added.