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UAE | Abu Dhabi Honors Israeli Delegation and Plays the Israeli National Anthem


Israel's national anthem was played on Sunday for the first time at a judo tournament in Abu Dhabi as one of its athletes won.

Israeli Sports and Culture Minister Miri Regev presented medal to Sagi Muki following his victory in the under-81 kg category at Abu Dhabi international competition.

Regev's presence in the United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi marked the first time a minister from the Israel entity attended a sports event in the Gulf, Israeli officials said.

Last year, tournament organizers in Abu Dhabi banned the flag and national anthem of Israel, which has no diplomatic relations with Gulf states.

"I'm very proud to be here in Abu Dhabi representing Israel along with the judo team and our flag," Regev wrote on her Facebook page.

"I hope we win a gold medal and experience the thrilling moment of playing Hatikvah in the Abu Dhabi arena," she said, referring to Israel's national anthem.

- Emirati official presenting a medal to the Israeli delegation
- Scenes of the Israeli delegation and Israeli Sports and Culture Minister Miri Regev