The International Judo Federation is demanding that the United Arab Emirates treat Israeli athletes equally after reports it is banning the Israeli flag at an upcoming contest.
A letter from the IJF to the president of the UAE Judo Federation says “all delegations, including the Israeli delegation, shall be treated absolutely equally in all aspects, without any exception.”
The letter was sent to the World Jewish Congress, which had asked the IJF to intervene.
There was no comment Wednesday from the UAE, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel.
Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev condemned the ban, saying a boycott pacifies “those refusing to recognize our existence.”
Muslim states or athletes often boycott Israeli competitors. An Egyptian judoka refused to shake hands with his Israeli opponent at the Rio Olympics.