Hiddush Advocates for Israeli Tennis Team’s Punishment

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On Thursday, a press release was sent by Hiddush, an organization for religious freedom and equality, to the International Tennis Federation to request that they respect the decision made by the Israel Davis Cup team not to compete on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

The team was scheduled to play against Belgium on Yom Kippur for one game out of a play-off series. The team’s management informed the World Tennis Association that the Israeli team will not be able to compete that day and requested an alternative date. They were penalized for deferring the game and were subject to pay the Belgian team 10,000 euros.

The CEO of Hiddush, Reform Rabbi Uri Regev, wrote to the World Tennis Association saying:

“The notion that the Israeli Tennis Association needs to compensate the Belgian Tennis Association in order to respect the holiest day in the Jewish calendar is incredibly disrespectful to the team, their faith, and tradition.”

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