Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Iranian-born German refuses to play soccer in Israel

I'll give this young man the benefit of the doubt in this case.

He has said nothing inflammatory about Israel personally, only declining to travel there.

It may be that he is personally committed to an anti-Israel world view, but he has not thrust it upon the public. For that I am grateful. But I can't imagine the position he is probably in.

Family certainly remains in Iran, subject to the vengeful treatment of its government. Perhaps family members are prejudiced in the manner of a previous generation and expect him to share their view.

Much rides on his behavior and his words, much more than for most such young athletes. His restraint is admirable, even if he is holding back his own vitriol.

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