March 3, 2006, - 3:29 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
On this site, we’ve documented (here and here) that Jews and Israelis are not welcome in Dubai, the country that soon will control 22 of America’s major ports. We talked about how Andre Agassi and others played in this week’s Dubai Open, a bigoted tennis tournament, not open to Jewish Israeli passport holders.
Today, we read in the sports pages about how Martina Hingis reached the semifinals of the Qatar Open (she played in the women’s portion of the Dubai Open, a week or so ago).
We figured that the Emirate of Qatar is no different from the Emirate of Dubai, in that it does not allow Jewish Israelis. And we were right. Yet, another tournament in which Israeli tennis pro Shahar Peer cannot play. Yet another tournament given full accreditation for rankings by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), both U.S.-based and both with no apparent shame over participating in bigotry.
Sheraton, Sony Ericsson, and Mercedes Benz are among the sponsors of this bigoted event. Boycott them. If you are Jewish, they are already boycotting you. Ditto for these sponsors of the Dubai Open: Sony Ericsson (twice is nice), Adidas, Lacoste, Audi, and Xerox.
Martina Hingis, you ought to be ashamed. Ditto for the rest of those who played in the anti-Semitic Dubai and Qatar Opens. They are all partners in anti-Semitism. They include: Martina Navratilova (against anti-Gay/Lesbian Discrimination; anti-Semitism, A-Okay), Sania Mirza (won’t play with Jewish doubles partner anywhere, doesn’t want to upset Muslims), Andre Agassi, Marat Safin, Maria Sharapova, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Amelie Mauresmo, and these others (here, here, and here).
Not sure why they call these the Dubai and Qatar Opens. Both are very clearly CLOSED.
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