Earlier this month, We Believe in Israel set up a petition to protest against the disgraceful ban on Israeli athletes from competing in the qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games that were due to be held in Malaysia from 29 July to 4 August.
View the news story here: http://www.bicom.org.uk/news/malaysia-bans-israelis/
As we outlined, this clearly contravened the International Paralympic Committee’s Mission “To promote Paralympic sport without discrimination for political, religious, economic, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or race reasons.”
Our petition gathered over 3,200 signatures - an amazing total. Our petition was even reported in the Jewish News: https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/malaysias-blatant-discrimination-of-israeli-swimmers-blasted-by-uk-groups/
We are delighted to announce that as of Sunday, Malaysia have now had the qualifiers stripped from them by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). View the IPC statement here: https://www.paralympic.org/news/ipc-strip-malaysia-2019-world-para-swimming-championships
We would like to thank all those who signed the petition for their contribution to this important victory. We would also like to praise the IPC for this correct, but brave, decision.