Liel Levitan and father

Tunisia to allow 7-year-old Israeli girl to enter chess championship

Amid pressure from international organizations, Tunisia announces it will allow seven-year-old Liel Levitan to participate in the World Chess Championship for elementary school students expected to be held in the country next April.

Seven-year-old Liel Levitan from Haifa will be able to compete in the 2019 World Chess Championship for elementary school students, which is expected to be held in Tunisia next April.



Levitan won the European Chess Championship earlier this year in Poland, earning a spot in the prestigious World Championship.


However, Israel expressed concerns that the host country, Tunisia, will not allow the Israeli delegation to enter the country and participate in the competition, as some other Muslim countries, such as Saudi Arabia, have done in the past.


Liel Levitan with father
Liel Levitan with father


In order to prevent another boycott, Lior Eisenberg, who runs a chess club, started a campaign to get the Israeli delegation to participate in the World Championship.


The pro-Israeli organization StandWithUs joined the project, which resulted in a number of petitions and letters, titled “Let Liel play,” being sent to the World Chess Federation.


Their efforts bore fruit. The Tunisian Chess Federation sent an official letter in which it announced that the country will allow chess players from all over the world, without exception, to participate in the competition.


פרסום ראשון: 08.06.18, 23:40
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