Two Israeli Olympic athletes thrust into the media spotlight recently are of Mizrahi origin.
Gerbi: my medal’s for Israel
Yarden Gerbi, a judoka who won a bronze medal at Rio, is of Libyan origin. Gerbi, 27, became the
seventh Israeli athlete in history to mount the Olympic podium.
She was only the second woman to do so.
The moment when Or Sasson’s outstretched hand was ignored by his Egyptian opponent. Clickhere to see the video
Also in Olympic judo, Ori Sasson found himself at the centre of a political row when his Egyptian opponent, Islam al-Shehaby, refused to shake hands with him. Born in Jerusalem, Sasson hails from an Iraqi-Jewish family.
Update: the 25-year-old judoka heavyweight has won Israel’s second bronze medal.