Judoka Sagi Muki says anti-Israel protesters in Japan stole his uniform jacket

Sagi Muki of Israel (white) reacts after defeating Vedat Albayrak of Turkey (not pictured), at the Tel Aviv Grand Slam Judo Championship on February 17, 2023. (Jack Guez/AFP)
Sagi Muki of Israel (white) reacts after defeating Vedat Albayrak of Turkey (not pictured), at the Tel Aviv Grand Slam Judo Championship on February 17, 2023. (Jack Guez/AFP)

Israeli judoka Sagi Muki says pro-Palestinian demonstrators protesting against Israel stole the jacket from his national team judo uniform when he confronted them in Japan.

In a video, Muki says he decided to speak with the protesters after coming across the “pro-Hamas demonstration,” as he was upset “they are ignorant” about the ongoing war in Gaza triggered by Hamas’s October 7 terror attack.

“I tried to explain [to them], to fight for the truth and the State of Israel,” Muki says. “It was much harder than training, it exhausted me, but we won’t give up.”

According to Muki, some of the protesters snatched his judogi and ran off with it. An earlier photo shows him pointing to the Israeli flag on the uniform above his heart, while standing in front of the demonstrators.

Muki did not say he responded, but vowed “to continue representing Israel in the international sphere.”

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