February 16, 2009, - 2:03 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
A number of readers, knowing I’ve followed the pandering tennis career of Israeli Jewish tennis player Shahar Pe’er (also spelled without the apostrophe, as “Shahar Peer”), have written me about Dubai’s decision to deny this woman a visa to play in the Dubai Tennis Championship.
But I don’t shed any tears for Shahar Pe’er, for a number of reasons.
First of all, Dubai and the rest of the United Emirates have, for decades, refused entry to Jews with Israeli passports and anyone (who isn’t a Muslim) with an Israeli stamp on his/her passport.
That the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA)–now, apparently, the Eva Brauns of the court–and that Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) subscribe to this tennis apartheid–which I’ve decried on this site for a number of years–is an outrage in and of itself. The WTA refused to host and/or sanction tennis tournaments in South Africa for many years, in opposition to apartheid. Why haven’t they done the same thing in Dubai? They (WTA officials) know the visa policy there, and they don’t care. This isn’t the first time Pe’er couldn’t play in the Dubai. And now, suddenly, the tennis world is shocked–shocked!–that the policy it endorsed (overlooking Dubai’s bigoted Israeli boycott) is suddenly blowing up in its face.
It’s happened before, and I’ve written about it. And where are all the tennis pros who decry anti-Semitism and the anti-Israel boycott? Where are they, and why isn’t a single tennis pro speaking out and/or refusing to play? Judenrein in the tennis world is very acceptable.
But then there’s the fact that Ms. Pe’er played in the Qatar Open. Had she gotten a visa to play in the Dubai tournament, it would be the same thing: An Islamic Minstrel Show. “Look at the little Jew we allowed to play here, so we’d look good to the world, while we continue to boycott all of her Jewish countrymen.” Whether or not these Gulf States grant visas to these Jewish Israeli tennis players makes no difference because it is just for show, since they won’t let any other Jews from Israel in. Until that changes, nothing has changed.
And then, there’s Ms. Pe’er. As I’ve noted before, she’s a willing minstrel in the Islamic minstrel show. Her doubles partner, Indian Muslim Sana Mirza, dumped her from a match in her native India because she didn’t want to upset Muslims that she was playing with a Jew. And Pe’er took it. She continues to befriend and play doubles with this person. Like I said, Judenrein is acceptable . . . even to Israeli Jewish tennis players.
Pe’er also didn’t have a problem playing in the Qatar Open, even though she knew she was a Jewish minstrel, on display for Qatar’s Olympic bid, and even though her fellow Jewish countrymen aren’t allowed in. Qatar put pictures of Pe’er in its native dress in USA Today and every other willing media outlet. Look at the Jew. We allowed her to set foot on our soil for our Olympic bid.
And there are other ways this tennis kapo displayed that she’s not a proud Jew or a proud Israeli. When Pe’er recently played a tournament in New Zealand, she declined to defend Israel’s defense against HAMAS. (At least she joined the Israeli Army, as is required of all Israelis, but she received “outstanding athlete status,” so she basically played tennis instead of serving and got away with it.)
And now? Shahar Pe’er remains silent, not a word to raise the ire of the world that she dare protest the “no Jewish Israelis” policy of this shameless country that aided and abetted the 9/11 hijackers and continued to recognize the Taliban through December of 2001.
This Pe’er woman is a selfish slave to her career. She has no allegiance to her country or her people.
And that’s why I cry no tears over Shahar Pe’er. She continues to make a lot of money in sponsorships and prize money as 48th in the world. And she puts up with the anti-Semitic policies of tennis tournaments her organization sanctions, never once embarrassing the tennis world into doing the right thing. Instead, she consistently enables jihadists for the sake of a tennis paycheck.
No tears over Dubai’s decision to deny spoiled brat diva Shahar Pe’er a Golden Ticket to the Islamic minstrel show.
It’s no shanda [Yiddish for embarrassment, scandal, shame] that there will be no Shahar in Dubai.
The scandal is that everyone just noticed they boycott Israel.