An Olympic volleyball player from Egypt reacted with anger on Tuesday to a photobomb by an unknown figure clad in an Israeli flag.
Doaa Elghobashy, 19, who, with her Egyptian partner Nada Meawad, finished last in her round of beach volleyball in Rio, posted the photo of herself and the flag-draped woman behind on her Facebook page, with the words: “I swear to God I didn’t know anything about the flag. There will never be peace between me and these people in my life. These people are dirty to a level that they didn’t let me see the flag.”
The two Egyptian volleyball players drew attention by competing in pants and long sleeves and Elghobashy was the first woman in her sport to play at the Olympics wearing a hijab.
Meanwhile, as the Israeli-Arab town of Abu Ghosh, near Jerusalem, celebrated the Olympic victory of Jordanian-Palestinian taekwondo gold medalist Ahmad Abughaush, the medalist’s father, Amran, told journalists how his family was expelled from the nearby village of Emmaus during the Six Day War, after which he moved to Jordan.
He said Israeli forces destroyed his village near “occupied Ramallah” as they did other villages, after residents had been forced out of their homes.
“If the Israelis destroyed the houses, killed people and uprooted trees, how do they attribute to themselves the achievement of Abughaush?” he said.
After the taekwondo victory, Abu Ghosh restaurateur and philanthropist Jawdat Ibrahim told Israel’s Channel 10 news that the win was a great honor for Abu Ghosh and that town leaders would travel to Jordan to congratulate the prodigal son in person. He said the Abughaush family comes back to visit Abu Ghosh every year.