Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic survey if they were actively following the results of Team Israel and other Jewish athletes at the Olympic Games. Of the 171 people who responded, more than a third (38%) said they were following the Jewish and Israeli athletes. Another 46% said they were following the Games, but not specifically the Jewish or Israeli athletes, and 16% said they were not following the Games at all. Forty-two respondents submitted written comments. A few follow.
“The fact that Israeli gold medal winner is a Jew who can’t get married in Israel is a helluva story with so many angles. Get to work, folks!”
“I’m disappointed but not surprised at the athletes refusing to compete against Israelis for purely political reasons.”
“I am so not interested in the games that I actively avoid any news about them.”
“I am always proud of Israeli accomplishments but frankly I am focused on our American athletes.”
“The world and country have more important issues.” PJC
— Toby Tabachnick