March 3, 2006, - 3:29 pm

Tennis vs. The Jews, Part III: This Time it’s Qatar

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.

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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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22 Responses

Folks here’s a letter I sent to Sony E~
Sony Ericsson Public Relations Department,
After reading about your CONTINUING sponsorship of the Dubai Open and other bigoted Tennis events (debbieschlussel.com), EVEN AFTER the Jewish Israelis were refused participation in the event, I, as a Catholic in good conscience, must boycott any further Sony and affiliated product sponsor purchases.
While I purchase mostly Apple Computer products, the corporate executive and other staff often ask me for recommendations regarding PC purchases. In the recent past I have mostly recommended Sony Vaio purchasing, and sometimes Fujitsu. HOWEVER, I WILL NO LONGER RECOMMEND ANY ITEMS FROM YOUR VAST PRODUCT LINE AND I WILL ACTIVELY DISCOURAGE OTHERS FROM PURCHASING YOUR PRODUCTS as well~
I only wish that I could return my Sony H1 Camera that I purchased 2.5 months ago. I was, however, able to take back my recently purchased Sony Dream Machine.
I will further take note of ATP Tour sponsors and boycott their products as well (Gatorade, Whirlpool etc.).
The “ugliness” of your event with itsí ongoing discrimination regarding the Israeli athletes and the citizens of the state of Israel, and your allowance of their continued human rights violations UPON THE WORLD STAGE gives me great pauseñ
That you could make “happy, happy” about your tournament while Israeli athletes must bear this “new horror of exclusionî in silence, angers me to no end. Afraid of the Muslim bogeyman, or rather bully, are we? Afraid of Islam with their agenda of world hate, but especially the Jewish!! That you lack the courage to provide adequate leadership on this issue, and your failure to DEMAND the “no exclusion” compliance Dubai originally promised, shows me that you don’t really care.
Business as usual, you say.
We’ll see.
Debbieschlussel.com and other sympathetic blogs have a large audience in this, the era of new media. Think about how a world-wide boycott of your product line from all people of ìgood willî could affect your holiday business this year, and looking forward.
The world is watching how you do business, friend~
The Canadien
-I hope that the readership will boycott ALL sponsors of this event including and especially all ATP Tennis events that will soon be selling tickets for upcoming USA and Canadian events. Don’t buy and don’t watch-
Personally I am tired of pandering to Islamic lunacy and being asked to -be sensitive- to their needs when they ARE ONLY intolerant of everyone else.
Don’t support tennis anywhere this year and longer IF THATS WHAT IT TAKES and the tournament in Dubai will eventually be yanked or forced into submission.
Oh and I hope you are buying Danish products!

The Canadien on March 3, 2006 at 9:01 pm

Debbie,
A wise man brought up Qatar Open in one of the messages on the Dubai post. Do you know who he is? :)
YOU ARE RIGHT. I HAVEN’T BEEN READING THE COMMENTS THE LAST FEW DAYS, AND IN LOOKING BACK, YOU DID, IN FACT, MENTION THE QATAR OPEN FIRST. KUDOS FOR POINTING THIS OUT.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

lawman on March 3, 2006 at 9:26 pm

I went to a school in the mid-1970s that was 86% Jewish. The parents of the Jewish kids bought mostly two types of cars- Mercedes Benzs and Cadillacs. Getting the Jews to boycott Mercedes is laughable. Sport figures seem to carry diplomatic immunity in their mindset, look at Bobby Fischer.
How does the USC Track coach, Cromwell, go on record with a major Los Angeles Newspaper, stating that he doesn’t feel two Jewish athletes should compete in the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles because it will offend Hitler? Then, we fight a bloody World War against Hitler while he stays at home, then the US selects him to coach the first post war US Olympic Team!
All the money in the world is not going buy legitimate sports competition. That is why airplane racing, polo, and big game hunting is such a joke. Deep down most people don’t care if they crash, break their neck, or get run over by the animal. They’re simply fantastic sportsmen in their own minds.
Better to boycott the event itself here in the United States than try and organize a boycott of the sponsors. If few people attend or watch then what incentive would there be to sponsor the event for a company like Mercedes? How about this proposal? Instead of sitting on your big fat butt, go out and play the sport yourself. And take your bicycle instead of that Mercedes!

code7 on March 3, 2006 at 10:20 pm

Ok, don’t say it: “Chess is not a sport.” Did you ever see an overweight chess champion? That’s why they call it a game.
Anyway, don’t you have a Olympic curling event to attend?

code7 on March 3, 2006 at 10:37 pm

You might wanna look up the bahrain GP in that case. Everyone in the mid east in anti JEW. You say they are nice folks and u get thrown in jail (happend in saudia arabia) encourage discussion then you lose ur job (as in dubai). So really, instead of boycotting the sponsors (money has no religion and corporates could care less) you’d be better off asking explanation from WTA and ATP formally through the new print / sympathetic TV channels etc. This years event is over, the best bet would be to put up a jewish star to play at the event, then go through the wole ordeal and make an issue out of it. Patience does have its virtues
have a nice day
reg
g

g on March 4, 2006 at 12:44 am

What’s all the whining about Israelis being not allowed in UAE and all other Arab countries that don’t have diplomatic relationship with Israel? They are at war remember? Arabs from UAE can’t go to Israel either. Israeli Arabs (not just Jews) can’t go to UAE either. There is no restriction on a Jew who is not an Israeli citizen to enter UAE.
WRONG! ISRAELI ARABS ARE ROUTINELY ALLOWED INTO ARAB COUNTRIES ON ISRAELI PASSPORTS, SUCH AS HANY ABU-ASSAD, DIRECTOR OF “PARADISE NOW,” WHO HOLDS AN ISRAELI PASSPORT. ISRAELI ARAB MUSLIMS ARE ROUTINELY ALLOWED INTO SAUDI ARABIA FOR THE HAJJ. ETC., ETC., ETC., AD NAUSEAM. THIS IS AIMED AT ONE GROUP: J-E-W-S. WITH A NAME LIKE AMIR, IT’S QUITE APPARENT WHY YOU REFUSE TO FACE FACTS.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Amir on March 4, 2006 at 5:02 am

[While I purchase mostly Apple Computer products, the corporate executive and other staff often ask me for recommendations regarding PC purchases. In the recent past I have mostly recommended Sony Vaio purchasing, and sometimes Fujitsu. HOWEVER, I WILL NO LONGER RECOMMEND ANY ITEMS FROM YOUR VAST PRODUCT LINE AND I WILL ACTIVELY DISCOURAGE OTHERS FROM PURCHASING YOUR PRODUCTS as well~ I only wish that I could return my Sony H1 Camera that I purchased 2.5 months ago. I was, however, able to take back my recently purchased Sony Dream Machine.]
Just look what you’re doing, Deb! Getting oriented in modern gadgets is not easy. Now you come in with your calls for ideological boycotts.
The end result is that supposedly technical info on electronics becomes ideologically warped, so the consumer does not know what is really going on. Why, on what grounds certain devices are promoted while others are played down – all this becomes a mystery.
You’re destroying the American markets!

InplainviewMonitor on March 4, 2006 at 10:16 am

Anyone can figure out how to use the latest electronic gadget, but it takes your whole life to learn how to read and write. The Japanese dump all of their old electronics on our markets anyway, it’s time we straighten them out. Hey, I got an idea, why don’t we read a book! Right after we play a round of tennis or that other sport? Chess.

code7 on March 4, 2006 at 3:44 pm

Actually, situation with culture is not that different from gadgets. The more ideological noises, the more confusion and degeneration in production and consumption of cultural products.
Here is just one example. is not this cute?
Architect for NY’s Javits Center under fire for views on Israel http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/689961.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Rogers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_K._Javits_Convention_Center

InplainviewMonitor on March 4, 2006 at 4:44 pm

Of course boycot. Of course oppose, loudly, idiocy such as the Ports deal. But it would REALLY help matters, had PM Olmert not already decided to surrender. Breaking bones at Amona, and “making nice” with the EU, while Kassam Rockets rain down upon your neighborhoods is NOT the way to encourage victory. Boycotting these morons, and then getting called anti-semitic for calling non-religious Jews on their own idiocy is also not helpfull.
paul

paul on March 5, 2006 at 6:56 am

Code7,you mean the the ’36 Berlin Olympics(not ’32
LA Olympics-a slight difference)when Coach Cromwell replaced Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller(two Jews) in the 400 meter relay?PS-be careful,I have an autographed copy of Glickman’s autobiography ‘The Fastest Kid On The Block’.

jaywilton on March 5, 2006 at 1:35 pm

Thanks Jaywilton for the correction. I am surprised I didn’t pick-up that mistake, my brother won the long jump in the first Jesse Owens track competition for kids and lettered at in track at USC. I was going off of a dark yellowed and lamenated copy of a Los Angeles newspaper I read on the wall at a pizza place in Encino over thirty years ago waiting for the restroom.
As for Cromwell, the distinction between Berlin and LA hasn’t removed him as a suspect. By the way, I have a copy of the 1922
“The Jew and American Citizenship” written by a Rabbi for a USC professor. And, a picture of Cromwell with Marlene Dietrich. I’ll look for “The Fastest Kid on the Block” and see if that Mormon in jail will autograph it for me, I hear he made quite a living doing Abe Lincoln’s signature.

code7 on March 5, 2006 at 1:58 pm

Anyone from any country that has a passport with a stamp of Israel in it isn’t officially allowed to play tennis in Cameljockeystan.

jaywilton on March 5, 2006 at 1:59 pm

There is no proof that non-Israeli Jews are not allowed in UAE. Are Arabs from UAE allowed in Jerusalem to pray? Of course not. You can whine all you want, but until there is a resolotion of Israel and Palestine conflict, there is no reason why all Arab states should allow Israelis to enter their countries. Arabs and Israelis are at war, right?

Amir on March 5, 2006 at 5:48 pm

When I went to Israel they stamped a card for my passport so that I could remove it prior to proceeding to an Arab country. Has that changed?

code7 on March 5, 2006 at 11:33 pm

Amir, you are incorrect. Arabs from all the surrounding countries regularly enter Israel for medical treatment. Some do indeed, come to to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israel even set up a program for educators from the surrounding Arab countries to enter the West Bank and Israel itself to test local Arab students for entry to institutions of higher learning in these countries. Becouse you see, the venomous hatred is one sided. From your side!

Tim on March 6, 2006 at 10:06 am

I am not incorrect. No Arab from UAE is allowed in Jerusalem to pray. If by Arabs by surrounding countries, you mean Egypt and Jordan, then Israelis too are allowed in Egypt and Jordan. Thousands of Israelis go for vacation to Toba, Egypt. Why would UAE nationals go to Israel for higher education and medical treatment? UAE has better universities and better hospitals than Israel.
Is venomous hatred just from one side? That must be Israeli side then. After all, they are the one occupying Palestinian land in violation of international land (including East Jerusalem — read UNSC resolutions), building illegal settlements (violation of 4th general convention). There is absolutely no reason why Israelis should be allowed to visit Arab countries that don’t have diplomatic ties with Israel until Palestinian issued is resolved. South African players during apartheid were not allowed to participate even Olympics.
WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. ARABS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, WITH PASSPORTS FROM EVERY ONE OF THE ARABIC STATES, ARE ALLOWED INTO ISRAEL. ISRAEL HAS SOME OF THE BEST HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL IN THE WORLD. AS FOR THE UAE, IF THEIR FACILITIES ARE SO GREAT, WHY DO SO MANY FROM THE EMIRATES COME TO THE U.S. TO GET MEDICAL CARE (SOMETHING THAT IS FREQUENTLY IN THE MEDIA)? IN FACT, LESS THAN 15% OF THOSE IN THE U.A.E. ARE FROM THERE . . . B/C THEY HAVE TO GET THE BRAINS FROM ELSEWHERE. FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Amir on March 6, 2006 at 12:35 pm

Give some examples of UAE nationals entering Israel proper (not the west bank and Gaza) by citing a valid verifiable source. UAE has better hospitals and schools.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4670370.stm
“UAE Establishes World-Class Medical Center with Harvard’s Help”
So your argument is that UAE doesn’t have brains because most workers are foreigners? Most doctors and scientists in USA come from foreign countries. The USA has been continuously lagging behind in technology recently when compared to east Asian countries. What’s your point?

Amir on March 6, 2006 at 3:06 pm

The link that I meant to post was this (not bbc link)
“UAE Establishes World-Class Medical Center with Harvard’s Help”
http://usinfo.state.gov/mena/Archive/2005/Mar/17-41140.html
THEY NEEDED HARVARD’S “HELP”. HELLO? . . .
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Amir on March 6, 2006 at 4:43 pm

“Most doctors and scientists in USA come from foreign countries”
Just the scientists we allow in to steal our technology (H1B visa holders) and doctors to squeeze our pimples for peanuts while our doctors handle the difficult stuff. Three letters for UAE: HMO. Everyone knows you have to pay top dollar for a good Jewish doctor.

code7 on March 6, 2006 at 11:38 pm

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