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Israelis welcome at judo tournament in Abu Dhabi

The International Judo Federation says Israelis will be able to compete equally at the upcoming Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, after the UAE apparently reversed its policy of restricting the participation of athletes from the Jewish state.

Last month, the federation stripped the United Arab Emirates and Tunisia from hosting two international tournaments due to their failure to guarantee equal treatment of Israeli athletes.

The statement released today praised the UAE for taking a “huge step forward in establishing and promoting peaceful relationships between all nations of the world.”

“The historic decision will thus allow all nations to display their national insignia and national anthem, including Israel,” the statement says.

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