March 1, 2006, - 2:14 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Tennis vs. the Jews Update
In our ongoing coverage of the rotten Dubai Ports World deal to run American ports, we asked this question, yesterday: Does Dubai ban Israelis and Jews from this week’s Dubai Open?
Well, now, it’s official: YES! Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim gives the details:
“Nationals of ‘Israel’ may not enter the U.A.E.” If I’m, say, Shahar Peer, the top-40 Israeli player, I’m sure not happy that my tour is sanctioning events in countries in which I am not welcome. . . . Would the WTA or ATP ever even think about sanctioning an event in a country or club that excluded African-Americans?
Shame on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for sanctioning this bigoted event. Sickening. And shame on Andre Agassi, Martina Hingis, and the others playing in this Judeinrein event. Disgusting.
It’s a good thing they didn’t know that Pete Sampras’ father is a Jew.
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