February 28, 2006, - 12:06 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Why can Andre Agassi play in this week’s Dubai Open, but I can’t? It has nothing to do with the fact that I’m an amateur. It’s that I’m a Jew, and he isn’t. (Plus, he’s of Iranian extraction, perhaps a bonus in the Islamic caliphate.)
It’s bad enough that Dubai and DP World won’t do business with Israel (in violation of U.S. law), but worse is the allegation that Jews and Israelis are not allowed to play in the Dubai open.
Here’s what reader, Robert Spiegel, says:
Last week Dubai hosted a women’s tennis tournament, in which most of the top players participated. This week, Dubai is hosting a men’s tournament, and many of the top male players are participating. There are also professional golf tournaments in Dubai. I know many of the top players receive hefty appearance fees.
I also know that there are several good Israeli players and good Jewish players from the USA and elsewhere, but they do not play Dubai. I assume that this is because, for the Israelis at least, they are not allowed an entry visa into the UAE.
Is Spiegel’s assumption correct? It looks like it. Can’t find any Israeli names on the list of Dubai Open players, current or past. If anyone knows differently, please let me know. If this is true, then I wonder which ports I’ll still be allowed to enter, once DP World’s deal gets pushed through. Just asking, so that I can prepare the yellow star accessory for my coat. I think my Holocaust survivor grandmother might still have hers from Nazi Europe.
In other “Tennis vs. the Jews” news, Peter Bodo’s Tennis World Blog alerts us to this disturbing story in Israel’s Yediot Achronot. Indian tennis player Sania Mirza–not afraid to wear Islamo-prohibited mini-skirts and preach safe sex (also Islamo-objectionable)–is very afraid to play tennis with a Jew:
Indian female tennis player Sania Mirza, 19, who is ranked 39th in the world, announced that she would not play with Israeli up and coming tennis star Shahar Pe’er in the doubles tournament of the Bangalore Open for fear of violent protests by India’s Islamic community.
The two friends were prevented from cooperating in last month’s Australian Open for the same reason.
Mirza initially agreed to play with Pe’er in Bangalore, but later retracted, telling Pe’er “It’s best that we don’t play together this
time to prevent protests against my cooperation with an Israeli. There is no reason to arouse their ire (Muslims).”
Mirza’s agent denies the story. Uh-huh.
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