Israel takes gold in the “chutzpah*" category after claiming that Jordan’s first-ever Olympic gold medalist is “Israeli” with faux Jordanian roots. The athlete was born in Abu Ghosh, Palestine, an Arab-majority town established long before the Israeli state - and one that bears his family's name. His family emigrated to Jordan soon after his birth in 1996. He is not Israeli, despite what the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Ynet News, and Haaretz write.
Taekwondo champion Ahmad Abughaush earned a gold medal for his triumphant performance at the 2016 Rio games. This week, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan celebrated the homecoming of its first gold medalist Olympic athlete with a warm welcome at Queen Alia International Airport where he was greeted by his family, a full press corps, and no less than three royal princes after disembarking the decorated Royal Jordanian jet that transported him back to Amman.
Israeli insanity aside, let’s look at the revelry surrounding his win. A public celebration will be held on Friday, August 26, in a park in the Jordanian capital, Amman. (*Yiddish word for "shameless audacity")