Skip to comments.Israeli Wins World Weight-Lifting Championship: Iranian Refuses to Shake Hands
Posted on 12/21/2010 2:29:11 PM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
Israeli athlete wins gold medal in ceremony in Poland. Iranian athlete behaves like an anti-semitic spoilsport.
Excellent! Babypants Muslim...
IIRC Hitler refused to shake Jesse Owens’ hand back in the 30s.
A picture would be good. Then we could show them side by side.
Only because he knows he’d have it cut off when he went home.
Heck, the Israelis would have checked if the muzzie was using his left hand anyway.
Gads, muzzies are such children...dangerous children...but children.
Probably will be executed for losing to Israeli.
Jesse Owens was pure class. One of my all-time heroes.
Jesse Owens Returns to Berlin
Childish immaturity on parade.
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser".
Makes me want to go visit the Queen Mary again — it's still berthed in Long Beach.
Ye Gads!!! What is he doing with his left hand in that pic!
I’m guessing that the iranian weightlifter was under direct orders not to shake hands with the israeli. Having seen the video, it seems to me like he would have wanted to shake hands, but must have known that doing so could bring about some very negative consequences for him and/or his family. When the israeli reached out to shake his hand, the iranian even made kind of a polite/nervous wave in lieu of shaking hands.
I believe that Hitler walked out and refused to attend the medal ceremony. It's an interesting story, in that the German athlete helped Jesse Owens, who was having problems with fouls during the long jump.
Jesse was not having trouble with committing fouls. The judge kept saying he fouled. So Jesse marked off a line about a foot shy of the take-off board and told everyone to see that his foot would leave from there, and so it did, and he still won.
When Jesse returned to Ohio State they soon flunked him out or otherwise let him go, and he was running an elevator in a downtown hotel. He was not treated right. Sorta like Jim Thorpe’s Olympics aftermath.
[on hearing that Jesse had received $10,000 from an unknown benefactor in 1936] Lew Gilbert: What is the straight story behind that money, Mr. Owens?
Jesse Owens: You want the truth? I was paid $10,000 to support Alfred M. Landons campaign againt Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Lew Gilbert: Were you ashamed of that?
Jesse Owens: Some people thought I should be, but I wasn't. Celebrities endorse cigarettes, banks, automobiles. Why was it wrong for me to endorse a Republican? Besides, it wasnt just for the money. I believed Landon would be better for the Black man.
Lew Gilbert: What made you think so?
Jesse Owens: Adolf Hitler made my name a household word when he wouldn't shake hands with me. President Roosevelt didn't shake hands with me, either. Governor Landon did.
Right yeah I think he missed the ceremony altogether to avoid it
Interesting FDR wouldn’t shake hands with Jesse Owens. But not surprising as Roosevelt was more interested in holding on to the Democrat Solid South as if he thought the 1936 election was really going to be that close.
The role of showing sympathy for black Americans was left to Eleanor Roosevelt as when she showed solidarity with Marian Anderson versus the D.A.R.
And where was FDR during the successful career of Joe Louis aka the Brown Bomber?
Actually I think Hitler did shake his hand.
See post 21
I know. My bad.
Weight lifting is way more high profile in the ME than in the USA. Not sure why.
>>”the iranian weightlifter was under direct orders not to shake hands with the israeli<<
I think you are right.
I remember during 2009, post-election riots in Iran, when violence reached its height & many Iranians were killed in the streets by regime goons, the Iranian football (soccer) team members wore black arm bands as a gesture of sympathy with those killed, but were ordered to remove the black arm bands by regime officials.
>>”Weight lifting is way more high profile in the ME than in the USA. Not sure why.<<
Can’t speak for the entire ME. But, in Iran, Weight Lifting is a very old tradition, dating back to centuries before Islam was introduced in Iran. So, I guess it may be a cultural difference.
That is true. It’s huge in Egypt, too.
Somewhat off topic, I have a Gold’s Gym membership from the USA (with the little scan card) -— it works all over the middle east where they have locations.
Didn’t know about Egypt. I wonder what the history behind it is for Egypt ?
I know in Iran they have ‘traditonal’ places called “zoor-khaaneh” (literally meaning “house of strength” & not as popular in recent yrs as they used to be centuries or even decades ago). It is an equivalent of a gym in the west, where mostly men go to train, e.g. lift weights (traditional weights), wrestle, etc.. - but it isn’t like a modern gym (tho modern gyms do commonly exist there).
Interesting to know about Gold’s Gym, it sounds like a good arrangement to get maximum value from the membership fee even when one is overseas.