Tensions and Boycotts: The Maccabiah Then and Now

Haaretz archives reveal that the first Maccabiah, in 1932, had its fair share of disputes, ethnic tensions and exaggerated confidence.

Quarrels between right and left, threats of boycott, Arab-Jewish tensions and a religious-secular divide. Sound like the Israel of 2013? In fact, the reference is to Haaretz's coverage of the weeks leading up to the first-ever Maccabiah Games in 1932, a period as beset by tensions and challenges as today.