These days we hear that FIFA, UEFA, and other sports federations are boycotting Russian athletes because of the Russian federation war against Ukraine. I always thought that the discussion of sports is separate from politics because the politicians of a country are not always a reflection of the people of that country. Isn't there a one-sided opposition here to the Russian sports community? Let me explain more, please.
Take a look at the situation in Palestine-Israel, for example. Israel started the war against the unarmed Palestinians and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been killed to this day; the United Nations and also a number of different countries have always condemned the Israeli attacks as well as the occupation of various areas of Palestine. But we do not see such a thing for Israel due to the support of the United States. If an Arab athlete refuses to compete against an Israeli, she/he will face bad consequences.
Isn't banning Russian athletes from international competitions against the current rules of politics? Why must such sanctions be imposed only on Russia? And as far as I know, before this case, the sport of a country had not been subject to such heavy sanctions.
What is the big difference here?