Update to the update: a disaster from beginning to end. Spectators called to kill the Jews while waving Palestinian flags. Read the Times of Israel‘s report.
Update: it is not clear why the Israeli team was detained: Ynet News said that it was because the team, which had applied for visas well in advance, had an armed security guard with them. The Israeli authorities had warned the team that they would be putting themselves at risk if they went to Morocco. After their release, the team said they were putting their trust in Moroccan security.
When it happens to Palestinians at Israeli checkpoints, it makes world news headlines. (When it happens to Israelis, you will only read about it on this website!) Moroccan authorities detained members of the Israeli national judo
team for more than eight hours on Wednesday, confiscating their
passports, Israel’s NRG news reported (via Algemeiner). According to a Moroccan Frenchnews site, the Israeli flag and the sportsmen’s names were erased from the official competition website.
The team was finally released after the World Judo Association, which
covered travel costs and has been handling security for the trip,
pressured Morocco to release the Israeli teammates.
The Israeli team was visiting Morocco to participate in a Masters
competition but were detained at the country’s airport upon landing.
Speaking to NRG in the midst of the ordeal, Israeli Judo Association
Chairman, Moshe Ponti, said, “we have our passports and visas and
awaited for permission to enter [the country].”
Ponti said he did “not know why” the team was held, “probably because we are Israelis.”