February 17, 2010, - 4:38 pm
Amidst the news of the fake passports and photos of HAMAS assassins in Dubai and Dubai’s announcement that it will only pay back 60% of its loans (over 7 years), another Dubai story has fallen by the wayside: that of Israeli tennis player Shahar Pe’er playing in this year’s Dubai Tennis Championships.
Shahar Pe’er: Jewish Minstrel Show Participant @ Dubai Tennis Championships
Dubai Judenrein . . . Except for Tennis Pros
Longtime readers know my views on this. And they haven’t changed. Although I didn’t like that Pe’er–a miserable Israeli lefty wimpette–was excluded from last year’s tournament, I thought it was actually more honest than to allow her to play, as she has in years past and in this week’s Dubai tourney. It’s little more than a Jewish Israeli minstrel show in a country that regularly practices travel, visa, and entry apartheid against Jews and Jewish Israelis. Pe’er was only allowed to play because of last year’s bad publicity, when she wasn’t allowed. But there is, sadly, no bad publicity over Dubai’s (and the other Gulf states’) everyday Judenrein policy for everyone else who isn’t a famous tennis player.
The fact remains that none of Pe’er’s Jewish countrymen can enter Dubai with their Israeli passports. And none of her fellow non-Israeli Jews can enter Dubai if they have Israeli stamps on their passports issued by nations. That’s not the case for Arabs or Muslims who are frequently allowed into the emirate with both Israeli passports and Israeli stamps on their passports. This isn’t anti-Israel. It’s anti-Semitic. And Jews are Dubai’s target. Moreover, Dubai openly participates in the Arab Boycott of Israel and won’t do business with corporations with ties to Israel.
That, despite this, Pe’er has chosen to participate as the token in this ugly country’s tournament televised to the world, is sickening. She really is no different than the actions of a few select Jews who accepted Nazi invitations for special treatment and privileges, while their fellow co-religionists became lampshades and oven-baked ashes. It may be trite, but it’s true: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
I’m not surprised by Shahar Peer’s behavior. The girl has no guts and very little identity as either a Jew or an Israeli. Heck, last year, gentile and all-around mensch Andy Roddick showed more of a Jewish soul than she has, when he pulled out of the Dubai tournament in protest of her exclusion. As I noted, Pe’er refused to defend her country when her matches were protested by anti-Semitic, anti-Israel demonstrators in New Zealand. And Pe’er said nothing when she was dumped as a doubles partner by Indian player, Sania Mirza, who didn’t want to upset Muslims by playing with a Jew.
Pe’er simply has no pride in her country or her people. And I am not proud of her. On the contrary, she’s an embarrassment. And so, this week, her Jewish Israeli minstrel show in Dubai goes on.
Tags: Anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, apartheid, Arab Boycott of Israel, Dubai, Dubai Tennis Championships, Israel, Israelis, Jews, Judenrein, Shahar Pe'er, tennis