It seems like the Olympic Games cannot escape political fencing. The question is, who is or is not the proper 'sport'.
The Lebanon's team required a screen to be errected between their team and the Israeli team, and all the newspapers and the world media do feel that something inappropriate had happened.
However, is it something so unusual to have screens ready if requested in a gym where more than one team is practicing before competitions? The answer is NO. Those screens are in such gyms ready to be used if requested. They are used for privacy, keeping the tactics and technical ability of the athletes secret.
While the Lebanon's team requested only the screen to be placed in the gym and then they got on with their training, it was the Israeli team who made out of this an incident mixed up in politics. It was the Israeli team running to the media and making out of common practice something which should not have happened.
All the media of course took the opportunity to present the story in a 'proper' light. Thanks God, Lebanon team refused to comment, because this barking is really not worth the comment at all.
And for he irony of the article's heading and the first few lines - quite laughable. In fact, it could be well turned on its head: 'Why Israeli athletes do mind so much a barrier to be errected, if it is so easily removable, temporary and not made out of concrete? When their nationalistic state loves so much to separate itself from everything and everyone else...
Interesting is also the discussion under this article. Some well educated individuals displaying their 'true' knowledge of Islam, according to which Allah is a moon god, Muslims treat their women and children like a dirt and so on. So much for the Olympic Games spirit.