“I quit the competition because my rival was ‘Israeli’, and I cannot shake his hand or compete against him while he represents the Zionist regime that kills the Syrian people. If I fight against him, it would mean that I, as an athlete, and Syria, as a state, recognize the ‘state’ of ‘Israel’. The decision to quit was not mine. It was made by the Syrian Sports Federation and by senior Syrian officials. It was a very difficult decision, because I have worked hard to participate in the championship. But I serve my homeland – my honor and my loyalty belong to Syria.”
We will never recognize you, we will never normalize with you, forever and always you will be alien, forever and always you will be a cancer, forever and always we will fight you until you cease to exist and Al-Quds, all of Palestine and the Golan Heights return to their rightful owners.