Hanin Nasser (below) is an Israeli high-jump champion. She is currently representing the Jewish state at the U23 European Championships, and for that she has been labeled a traitor and received veiled threats by some fellow Arab Muslims.
Israel Today (h/t Frederic F) Among her most vocal critics are members of an Arab youth organization based in Haifa, which has accused Nasser, who is Muslim, of betraying the “Palestinian people,” and which petitioned to keep her from competing this weekend.
On the group’s Facebook page, it urged Nasser to reconsider her participation in the European championship as a representative of Israel. They claimed that Nasser would be making herself a tool of the Zionists, and be exploited to whitewash what they and other Palestinian apologists called Israel’s “institutionalized racism.”
The Facebook posts were discovered by the Israeli organization Im Tirzu, which insisted that the Arab group had crossed a red line with its subtle threats against an Israeli athlete, and called for legal action. “Youth organizations should spread the message of coexistence, but instead they spout empty slogans for separation, hatred and boycott,” read the Im Tirzuresponse.
The group “Together – Vouch for Each Other”–which exists to connect the Arab sector to Israeli Jewish society and consists of Muslim, Christian and Druze youth–has published a photo in which it expressed unwavering support for Hanin Nasser as a representative of Israel this weekend.
The Israeli Athletic Association said in response that there was no room for politics in sport, which it called “a platform for uniting and bringing people together. We are proud of Hanin and happy that she represents us abroad, and wish her much success at the championships.”
Here is Hanin: