Egyptian fighter refuses to shake Israeli’s hand at Olympics

Egyptian fighter refuses to shake Israeli’s hand at Olympics
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An Egyptian judo star refused to shake hands with his Israeli opponent after a controversial match at the Olympics, according to reports.

Islam El Shehaby left Or Sasson hanging — by backing away and shaking his head — when Sasson put out his hand Friday, CBS reported.

El Shehaby had lost in the final two minutes of the first round — and the handshake snub sparked loud booing, CBS reported.

His rebuff was a breach of judo etiquette, in which competitors typically bow or shake hands at the beginning and end of a match as a sign of respect.

The disrespectful gesture came after weeks of pressure on El Shehaby from Islamic extremists to pull out of the match with his Jewish opponent, according to reports.

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