Lebanese Boy Applauded for Snubbing ‘Enemy’ Israeli Chess Rivals

Chess grandmaster and current world chess champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway moves a piece on the board against challenger Sergey Karjakin of Russia during their World Chess Championship 2016 round 1 match in New York on November 11, 2016. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty …

A young Lebanese chess player has drawn applause from local media – and terrorist outfit Hezbollah – for refusing to play Israeli opponents.

Chess prodigy Mark Abou Deeb appeared on OTV (Lebanon) to explain he had refused to compete against an Israeli player during a chess championship in Spain because “Israel is an enemy.”

He was also urged to thank Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah for liberating Lebanon from Israel, according to footage released by MEMRI.

“Many Lebanese people consider you to be a hero, right?” host Rosanna Rammal asked him during the December 25 interview, asking him why he had refused to compete against Israelis.

After he answered, “Because Israel is an enemy,” the two hosts repeatedly asked him to speak louder. Eventually they replied, “Bravo.”

Abou Deeb competed in November in the World Cadet Chess Championships in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain in the under-8 open category.

The Times of Israel reports Lebanese media at the time said that Abou Deeb had declared he wouldn’t play Israelis since that would constitute “normalization” with the Jewish state.

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