An Israeli athlete took the gold medal at the Abu Dhabi judo Grand Slam. Here’s how Abu Dhabi’s officials saw fit to award him:

Gee, it really is a mystery.

More from the Jerusalem Post:

The organizers claimed that, due to security reasons, the Israelis can’t have their flag on their judo uniform and instead of having ISR (Israel) by their names on the scoreboard and on their backs, they would have to take part as representatives of the IJF. For the same reason, they explained that should an Israeli win a gold medal the national anthem, Hatikva, would not be played.

Right. “Security reasons.”

So much for that.

Contrast the treatment of the athlete with his conduct in the face of such shameful bigotry.

Tal Flicker is the epitome of class and grace. He’s earned the title of champion.