US brands as antisemitic South Africa’s demotion of Jewish cricket player after he praised Israel

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

David Teeger in a video uploaded by the SA Jewish Report, October 31, 2023. (Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
David Teeger in a video uploaded by the SA Jewish Report, October 31, 2023. (Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

US antisemitism envoy Deborah Lipstadt brands as antisemitic the decision by South Africa’s Under-19 team to strip Jewish star player David Teeger of his captaincy after he praised Israeli troops fighting Hamas in Gaza.

“Cricket South Africa removed David Teeger, who is Jewish, as the captain of the South Africa U19 cricket team on Jan 19th due to ‘security concerns’ related to anti-Israel protests,” Lipstadt tweets.

“‘Security concerns’ can and should be addressed by tightening security, not by punishing the object of the threat. When a Jew outside of Israel is held responsible for Israel’s policies, this is antisemitism,” she adds.

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