Lebanese Boy Refused To Play Chess Against Israelis: “Israel Is the Enemy”

by Avi Abelow

This is the education Israel and the Jewish people we are up against. Little boys say no to playing chess against Israelis because they are taught from a young age that Israel is the enemy.

MEMRI recently posted a video from a Lebanese TV program on December 25, 2018, of an interview with Lebanese chess prodigy kid Mark Abou Deeb appeared. Deeb shyly explained that he had refused to compete against an Israeli player during a chess championship in Spain because Israel is an enemy. He was also prodded to thank Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah for liberating Lebanon from Israel.


Israel was never at war with Lebanon. Terror groups used Lebanese territory to attack Israel, so Israel had to initiate IDF military offensives to protect Israeli citizens. At one time, the IDF held on to a buffer area in Southern Lebanon to protect Israel and to protect the civilian Lebanese population from terror. Israel pulled out all IDF forces from the Southern Lebanon buffer zone in 1999. Most of the


Hezbollah was an Iranian terror group set up in Lebanon to fight against the Israeli forces in the Southern Lebanon buffer area. Their purpose was to terrorize the IDF forces so that Israel would pull out all IDF forces. In 1999 Israel did just that, because a public campaign was waged for the IDF to pull out in response to many IDF soldiers being killed by Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon.

Since 1999, the IDF has no forces in Southern Lebanon. Instead of stopping attacks on Israel, Hezbollah grew and has since established 150,000 rockets aimed at Israel, with rocket launch pads, bunkers and tunnel systems below Lebanese civilian homes. At the same time, Hezbollah has transformed from an Iranian anti-Israel terror organization into a political force in Lebanon, with a say on the direction of the government and the Lebanese army.

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