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Dec 25, 2017
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Lebanese Chess Prodigy Mark Abou Deeb on Refusing to Play against Israeli Opponents: Israel Is the Enemy

#6921 | 01:58
Source: OTV (Lebanon)

On December 25, 2018, Lebanese chess prodigy Mark Abou Deeb appeared on OTV (Lebanon). He 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.

Following are excerpts:

 

Rosanna Rammal: Many Lebanese people consider you to be a hero, right?

Mark Abou Deeb: Yes.

Rosanna Rammal: You refused to compete against an Israeli opponent at the chess championships in Spain, right?

Mark Abou Deeb: Yes.

Rosanna Rammal: You knew what you were talking about. Did you know why you would not continue to play?

Mark Abou Deeb: Yes.

Rosanna Rammal: Did you know why you were making this decision?

Mark Abou Deeb: Yes.

Rosanna Rammal: Why?

Mark Abou Deeb: Because Israel is an enemy.

Male TV host: Speak up so we can hear you.

Mark Abou Deeb: Because Israel is an enemy.

Male TV host: You can say it even louder.

Mark Abou Deeb: Because Israel is an enemy.

Male TV host: Bravo.

Rosanna Rammal: Bravo.

 

[…]

 

Rosanna Rammal: Many people spoke about Mark Abou Deeb and were proud of him, including the secretary-general of Hizbullah, Hassan Nasrallah.

 

[…]

 

How did you feel when Nasrallah spoke about you?

Mark Abou Deeb: I was very happy.

Rosanna Rammal: You were very happy… What do you know about Nasrallah? Who is he?

Mark Abou Deeb: He is a resistance fighter. He liberated Lebanon from Israel.

Rosanna Rammal: He spoke about you. What do you want to say to him today?

Male TV host: Do you want to say to him: Thank you? Do you want to tell him you’d do it again?

Mark Abou Deeb: Thank you.

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