Please Stand Up for the National Anthem of Israel

Posted on November 2nd, 2010

It’s been awhile since an Israeli weightlifter was in the news. The year was 1972 and members of the Israeli delegation to the Munich Olympics, including several Israeli weightlifters, were taken hostage by Arab terrorists. When the German police botched the rescue operation, the terrorists executed all the hostages. It took about a day for the Germans to realize that continuing the games was in really poor taste. They stopped for the funerals and after the Israeli athletes were safely in the ground, continued on.

Thirty-eight years later, an Israeli weightlifter makes the news again. This time, the Israeli is not a victim, he is the champion. The story of Sergio Britva, an immigrant to Israel from Brazil who won the weightlifting world championships last month, is not to be missed.

If you have not yet seen the video of the awards ceremony, it is a must see. Watch it here. The world championships for this category of weightlifting were held a few weeks ago in Poland. Sergio lifted a combined total of over 300 kilograms. That’s like lifting a bus load of Sumo wrestlers above your head.

He won the gold medal over the second place finisher from Iran and the third place finisher from Germany. Does it get any better than that? An Israeli beats an Iranian and German in Poland! Just to make sure that everyone knew where he was from, Sergio draped an Israeli flag over his shoulder as he took his spot on top of the winner’s podium. Good thing he brought the flag since the announcer forgot to mention which nation he represented. I guess the flag and the team shirt with the word ISRAEL in huge letters wasn’t a big enough hint.

With a huge champion’s smile on his face, Sergio shakes hands with the third place finisher from Germany and then extends his hand to the runner up from Iran. Showing true class, the Iranian refuses to shake the hand of the athlete who beat him kicked his ass. That’s ok, Hadad, they don’t give medals for acting like a human being. Whether you shook his hand or not, you can still think about how you disgraced your poor excuse of a country every night and day by letting the Zionist enemy take you to school.

I could watch what comes next a hundred times and not get bored. To the strains of “Hatikva,” the Israeli flag is hoisted high over that of Iran and Germany. The announcer tells everyone to “Please stand up for the Israeli National Anthem. ” Could you imagine the emotions going through Sergio’s mind as he watched his nation’s flag and listened to our country’s anthem — aptly called “The Hope.” That’s right all you anti-Semitic losers, stand up and watch the Israeli flag hung in victory.

I just read an article about how the Iranian athlete is now under fire for even standing next to the Israeli. He only did so because otherwise the Iranian delegation would be barred from future competitions. I am glad that they won’t be. I can’t wait for the next time.

I’m kinda fond of that song.

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  1. Yehuda Miller says:

    I loved when the enormous weightlifting Israeli was practically bawling by the end of Hatikva!

  2. libby anfinsen says:


  3. Bella says:

    absolutely delighted.
    my grandson won gold at the Singapore Junior Olympics and
    the Iranian refused to ‘fight’ him and left before the final fight.
    To see our flag be hoisted up and to hear “Hatikvah” was
    a memorable experience.
    A lousy excuse from the Iranians but he was paid a fortune for
    forfeiting the fight – the lousy cowards, Iran.

  4. +stephanie says:

    my son won the Taekwondo cpmpetition in the junior olympics which were held in August this year (2010) The final bout Israel vs Iran – Iran didn’t show up (rushed to hospital by ambulance – like hell!) no one stood under the Iranian flag for Hatikvah – almost every newspaper and magazine in the world had something to say. it was after that, during his visit to Israel, when Jaques Rogge (chairman of the world olympic comittee stated) stated that if again a country wont honour another country due to political reasons he would forfeit that country. So Kol Hakovod Sergio Britva, we need more support for people like you and my son – true sportsman in Israel – you guys are our true hope

  5. Leah says:

    So wonderful! What else is there to say?

  6. America sent the wrong cattle to Israel thinking there was grass in the desert. We are bringing cattle that fit and thrive in the desert environment. Texas Longhorn, who were in Israel some 5,000 years ago. This is a self-sustainable nonprofit which will support itself in the 5th or 7th year. We need your help to make this a reality.

    The Israel Longhorn Project will help Israel and East Africa. In East Africa where many people live on handouts, stealing food, or simply not eating and often having small wars over food or farm land. We don’t support this do we? We want people to grow their own food.

    Robin Rosenblatt
    815 Hill St. # 5
    Belmont Ca 94002
    03.722.6108 if calling from Israel

  7. Cowboy Joe, Calgary, Canada says:

    Sergio, HaGibor!
    Mazel Tov!
    Am Yisrael Chai!


  9. I stand Up for Israel. I help others Stand Up for Israel. I also fight Arab terrorism on the side.

  10. Jake says:

    Hate begets hate begets hate begets hate . . .

    stop the cycle


  11. kc ramone says:

    The Israeli flag hanging higher than the iranian, and the German flags, is incredibly symbolic of the past and the future. The Germans did not ultimately dedeat us in the past nor will the iranians in the future. We persevere.