But you would think the Olympics would be different. You would think that all hatred could be put aside and athletes would compete simply as athletes. And in large part, that may be true, except if you're Israeli.
Overt hatred toward the Israeli 47-athlete delegation has already been met with a IOC reprimand and alarm from Jewish organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League. They issued a statement denouncing anti-Israel "hostility" in Rio de Janeiro this week.
Roz Rothstein, CEO of Stand With Us, a pro-Israel group issued a statement Wednesday: "Shocking but not surprising, the Lebanese and Saudi delegation obviously have the wrong idea about the Olympic games. Instead of using the events to forget animosity and promote peace between people, they have brought their brainwashed minds to Rio. How unfortunate that they could not implement the good, peaceful intentions of the Olympics, and instead have used it as a forum to spread hate and continued rejection of peace."
But since when do Muslims accept the existence of Jews, much less the existence of the Jewish State of Israel?
Judo athlete Yarden Gerbi won the bronze for Israel, making her the first medal winner since the 2008 Olympic games. That's quite an accomplishment for a country with only 8.5 million people. But on Sunday, the IOC issued a reprimand to the head of the Lebanese Olympic delegation after he blocked Israeli athletes from entering a bus that was supposed to be shared by the teams in order to reach opening ceremonies.
Whoever imagined that the anti-Semitic Islamic country of Lebanon would not make some kind of stink over Israel better get their medications checked.
As a result of the Lebanese Islamists actions, the Olympic [dis]organizers put the Israeli athletes on a "special vehicle" according to Israeli sailing-team trainer Udu Gal.
"The bus driver opened the door, but this time the head of the Lebanese delegation blocked the aisle and entrance," Mr. Gal wrote on his Facebook page. "The organizers wanted to avoid an international and physical incident and sent us away to a different bus."
Gal was "enraged and shocked by this event," adding "How is it possible that they let something like this happen and on the opening night of the Olympic Games?"
Because Islam is the "religion of special needs."
Several days into the games, Saudi Arabian judo athlete, Joud Fahmy, forfeited a first round match in what the Hebrew press said was a tactic to avoid facing Gili Cohen of Israel in the second round.
The Saudi team disputed the charge, insisting Fahmy had sustained injuries to her arms and legs during training, but there's a history of Arab athletes refusing to compete against Israelis because they cannot stand to lose and risk ridicule upon returning to their theocratic country.
In June, Syrian boxer Ala Ghasoun refused to fight an Israeli, claiming that if he did fight the Jewish athlete "would mean that I, as an athlete, and Syria, as a state, recognize the state of Israel."
The real truth was that Ghasoun was scared to death to get his grimy butt kicked by a Jew with a college degree.
"I quit the competition because my rival was Israeli, and I cannot shake his hand or compete against him while he represents a Zionist regime that kills the Syrian people," Ghasoun lied.
Syrian people kill Syrian people--just ask Assad.