The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has passed a resolution warning that it will impose sanctions on the Iranian Chess Federation if it continues to boycott Israeli players, or to express political views on its website in conflict with the FIDE charter, or if its officials and players make discriminatory comments.
Further progress is being made to eliminate discrimination against Israelis in international competitions. Recent developments include the brave refusal of 16-year old Iranian junior chess champion, Alireza Firouzja, to play for Iran due to this country’s ban on competing against Israelis. The world’s second-highest rated junior chess player has decided
TSB bank details have disappeared from the “other ways to donate” page of the website of International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), organiser of the annual Al Quds Day march in London which has encouraged supporters to carry Hezbollah flags. The page had given donors the bank details of the related
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they intend to intervene to enforce the law if Hezbollah flags are displayed at the upcoming Al Quds March in London on 2 June 2019. A letter from Patricia Gallan, Assistant Commissioner to the Metropolitan Police, to be sent to organisers of the march,
Some progress has been made in the chess world, to stop discrimination against Israeli players. The European Chess Union (ECU) has unanimously adopted a resolution against individual boycotts from players, following the ECU General Assembly in Skopje on 23 March 2019, where chess players from 42 federations were represented. Earlier
An Iranian player who refused to play his Israeli opponent, has been reported to the International Chess Federation, FIDE, by UK Lawyers for Israel. During the “rapid” section of the Rilton Cup that took place in Stockholm from 27 December 2018 to 5 January 2019, Arya Gholami of Iran refused