Israel Fencing Association

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Israel Fencing Association
איגוד הסיוף בישראל
AffiliationFédération Internationale d'Escrime
Regional affiliationEuropean Fencing Confederation
HeadquartersTel Aviv, Israel
PresidentUri Harlap
Chief ExecShalom Cohen
Official website

The Israel Fencing Association (איגוד הסיוף בישראל) is the national governing body for fencing in Israel.

The Association's headquarters are in Tel Aviv, Israel.[1] It is part of the 45-nation European Fencing Confederation.[2] The CEO of the Association is Shalom Cohen.[1]


The Israel Fencing Association was founded in 1996. In 2004, Dr. Vladimir Shklar was the Chairman of the Association.[3] In May 2013 Shklar was also elected Vice President of the Olympic Committee of Israel.[4] In November 2015, he was named President of the European Fencing Confederation.[5] Uri Harlap then replaced Shklar as president of the Israel Fencing Association.[6]

In 2008, Israeli fencer Yuval Freilich, a national under-13 champion, successfully sued the Israel Fencing Association to require it to refrain temporarily from holding fencing competitions on Shabbat (the Jewish sabbath), saying that the Association's actions violated Israel's Equal Opportunities Act.[7][8] The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the Fencing Association’s practice was discriminatory, and ordered it to either allow Freilich to compete on a different day or hand him technical victories for any Sabbath match.[9] Freilich subsequently won the age group World Cadet Championships in Moscow, and the age group European Championships. But the ruling expired after two years, and did not result in any permanent change.[9] The Israeli Supreme Court declined to intervene a second time.[9]

Eilat, Israel, was chosen to host of the European Fencing Confederation Under-23 Championships in 2018.[10]


  1. ^ a b "איגוד הסיוף בישראל - Israel Fencing Association".
  2. ^ "Israel Fencing Association - European Fencing Confederation".
  3. ^ "Fencing /Aqaba World Cup meet still uncertain". Haaretz.
  4. ^ "News from Israel - European Fencing Confederation".
  5. ^ "Israeli junior fencers snubbed by Saudi Arabians in world cup event". The Jerusalem Post.
  6. ^ "News from Israel - European Fencing Confederation".
  7. ^ "Participant Sues Israel Shooting Federation For Holding Competition On Shabbos". The Jerusalem Post.
  8. ^ "Court issues temporary ban on Shabbat fencing meet; Observant 13-year-old fencing champion pleads with High Court to order Fencing Association to halt all Saturday tournaments since he cannot partake in them; cites religious discrimination, breach of Equal Opportunities Act". ynetnews.
  9. ^ a b c "Israeli World Champion and Sabbath Competition; An Israeli teen who is a world champion in fencing struggles over Sabbath competitions". Israel National News.
  10. ^ "Blue-and-white fencers continue to impress in Serbia". The Jerusalem Post.

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