Friday, August 7, 2015

World Jewish Congress outraged by Indonesia's denial of visa to Israeli athlete

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, does not have diplomatic relations with Israel.

By JPost Staff Writer

The decision by Indonesian authorities to refuse a visa request to an Israeli badminton player competing in the World Championships there has sparked outrage among Jewish organizations.

In a statement released by the Geneva-based World Jewish Congress, the Indonesian government is accused of "unfairly mixing politics and sports" by denying a visa to Misha Zilberman, the badminton player who hopes to compete in the World Badminton Championships in Jakarta next week.

“This decision to bar an Israeli player from an international sporting competition can’t stand, and I urge Indonesia to allow Misha Zilberman to compete in these championships,” WJC CEO Robert Singer said.

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