Let Liel Play
Demand the World Chess Federation Act Against Discrimination of Israelis in Chess
Liel Levitan just turned 7. She also just became the European School Individuals Chess Champion for her age group, earning her a spot to represent her country, Israel, at the upcoming Worlds School Individual Chess Championship.
Liel, and many other young Israelis want to participate in The World schools Individual Chess Championship.
But Liel won’t be going.
The World Chess Ferederation (FIDE), has granted the hosting of the upcoming championship games to Tunisia, a country that has no diplomatic ties with Israel. Tunisia bars entry of Israelis into its borders, and has refused to lift this restriction for the upcoming games, essentially leaving Liel and other Israeli chess champions unable to compete. FIDE has secured no guarantees from Tunisia that Liel will be able to compete.
This outrageous and discriminatory measure by Tunisia has been met with deafening silence by FIDE, who refuse to take responsibility for the chess players they are supposed to represent and the values of fair play and equality. This is not the first time this has happenned, as we saw in the barring of Israelis from the 2017 World Chess Championships of 2017 held in Tunisia.
Liel and other Israelis will be forced to forfeit their place only because they are Israeli. Too easily have world sporting federations allows the discrimination of Israelis, choosing instead to take money from countries who will not uphold the value of fair play.
We urge you to demand FIDE let 7-year-old Liel Levitan play. Send them a letter urging them to take responsibility for discrimination against Israeli players.
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