February 18, 2009, - 2:02 pm

Dubai Tennis Judenrein Update: WSJ Dumps Sponsorship, Most Others Don’t; Williams Sisters Participate in Anti-Semitism; TIME Mag Blames Israel, Israeli Elections’ “Extremism”

By Debbie Schlussel
The good thing about the current, sudden, selective outrage over Dubai’s anti-Semitic visa policy–because it barred player Shahar Pe’er from playing in the Dubai Tennis Classic–is that we learn who stands for what.
The Wall Street Journal dumped its sponsorship of the tournament. But, as I’ve repeatedly noted, this isn’t the first time Pe’er was excluded from the country for the annual Dubai tourney, nor is it a new concept that Dubai and the rest of the United Arab Emirates boycott Israel and Jewish Israelis. Where was the Wall Street Journal all of those other years? Why, it was promoting Dubai as a travel and vacation destination, even recommending to readers that they participate in marathons there.

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Tennis Apartheid Has Very Few Defections

Glad the Journal finally “discovered America” and the real Dubai. Congrats for that. But what took so long? Still there are many other companies that won’t do a thing and continue to sponsor this Judenrein Tennis Tournament:

The Journal Europe also plans to pull a special tennis-themed advertising section scheduled for Monday and is withdrawing its sponsorship of a related men’s tennis tournament beginning next week in Dubai.
The newspaper — which like the U.S. Journal is published by News Corp. — is among more than a dozen sponsors of the annual Dubai event, which started Sunday, including Barclays PLC, Rolex, Sony Ericsson and Washington Post Co.’s Newsweek.
Sony Ericsson, a joint venture of Sony Corp. and Sweden’s Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson, said it stood by the women’s tennis organizing body, the WTA Tour, of which it is the title sponsor. The WTA Tour said it is “deeply disappointed” in the decision and warned that it may not continue to hold the tournament in Dubai. Newsweek declined to comment, and Rolex didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Barclays, the Dubai tournament’s title sponsor, said the bank’s sponsorship deal “does not allow us to interfere
with any actions or decisions that have to do with the tournament itself, or the players, or the regulations of the host country.” . . .
The Tennis Channel, which owns the U.S. broadcast rights to the tournament, said it won’t televise the event.

Then, there are the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena. Can you imagine if a country hosting a tennis tournment wouldn’t grant visas to Black players? Can you imagine if the country would grant visas to a select few Black players for the purpose of a tennis tournament, but wouldn’t allow any other Blacks into the country?

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Venus and Serena Williams: Partners and Participants in Tennis Apartheid

The tournament would have been canceled long ago. And no players–including the Williams sisters–would be playing.
But, instead, the Women’s Tennis Association, allowed the tournament to go on, and Venus and Serena Williams both played and advanced. This is nothing new since tennis players continue to play in these Gulf state tournaments year in and year out, regardless of the host countries’ Judenrein policies.
Remember 1988–when the U.N. put tennis pro Boris Becker on a list of boycotted athletes because he once played in South Africa and despite the fact the said he’d never play there again?
No such anger and outrage when it’s the Jews. To paraphrase Martin Niemoller:
First, they boycotted the Jewish Israelis. But I wasn’t a Jewish Israeli Tennis Player.
And finally, there’s the media coverage. Do you wonder why SLIME, er . . . TIME Magazine is almost outta biz? I don’t. It’s not just the internet. It’s that people are tired of the same stale, old left-wing and anti-Israel garbage. That’s what TIME (and Newsweek–a sponsor of the Dubai tournament) are.
TIME’s “coverage” of the Dubai-Shahar Peer matter should be labeled “commentary.” It blames this decades old Arab state boycott of Israel–which has been in place and enforced since Israel became an officially-recognized country in 1948–on Israelis choosing “right wing extremists” in the recent Israeli elections and the brief Gaza War. TIME calls it:
petty tit-for-tat retributions that have been as much a part of the 60-year old Arab-Israeli conflict.
Really? Name the war in which Israel attacked Dubai . . . or any of the Gulf states. For which action–which “tat”–is Dubai responding? Funny, I don’t recall the Six-Minute War when Israel handily defeated surrounding armies of fat sheikhs and their inbred Emirati families from the nations of the U.A.E.
And I never heard of the Rosh HaShanah War in which Israel dropped grass-killing compounds on the golf courses and cacti of Dubai. I didn’t even know they allowed hijackers to use Israeli banks and fake Israeli IDs so they could fly planes into the Burj Al-Arab Hotel skyscraper to murder 3,000 Dubaians and other Emiratis. Oh, wait–I’m sorry. That was Dubai which helped hijackers fly planes into American buildings. I suppose Israel committed that “tat,” too, for which it deserves this–pardon the double entendre (TIME’s word choice, not mine)–”tit.”
Reality check: Again, the Arab boycott of Israel has existed as long as the modern State of Israel has. It wasn’t a tit in response to a tat. It was Jew-hatred and Judenrein. Period.
Then, there’s TIME’s claim about Israeli elections being the “cause”–and therefore, in TIME’s HAMAS-green eyes–the legitimation of this Jew-boycott from a tennis tourney.

With Israeli politics shifting to the right since the Gaza incursion, the Jewish state may find itself even more isolated within the region. One sign of how badly the peace process has gone off track is the rise of Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of the far-right party Yisrael Beiteinu (“Israel is Our Home”) who has called for Israeli Arabs to take loyalty oaths or have their citizenship revoked.

And in a country where its Muslim population routinely blows up teen Jewish boys in Bible study, Jews at restaurants, etc., this is a “bad idea” because . . .? Jews can’t even get into Dubai, but Israel is the “extremist” for asking its Muslim citizens to promise to stop the killings? Hello . . .? Have we all forgotten that just a year ago a boy’s yeshiva was attacked by an Israeli Arab worker who shot and killed 10 kids and seriously wounded several others?

If politicians like Lieberman start gaining a larger platform for their extremist views, Israeli passports may become even more radioactive.

Ah. Israel, which has democratic elections–unlike any U.A.E. country, all of which are run by dictatorial royalty which lives most of the time in Switzerland–is the “extremist.” Israel, which allows Arabs–Arab Muslims–to be citizens with full voting rights is the “extremist.” Not the Emirates, none of which (including Dubai) allow any foreigners to ever become citizens and/or vote, and which has a huge population of mostly Muslim slave labor from other countries. And that’s not to mention the Muslim boys from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh the country traffics in sex slaves.
As for Avigdor Lieberman, he ran in a free election and came in third (they’re upset about who came in third?) on legitimate Israeli security concerns of a growing enemy of mass murderers within. In Dubai, they don’t have free elections. Yet they have the real extremists (unlike Lieberman) who rule by dictatorial fiat and would instantly beat to death and/or behead anyone who threatened their population.
That’s in addition to the Holocaust-denying, 9/11 truther speakers that Dubai has been sending around the world and whose books its been publishing. And the fact that Dubai recognized the Taliban even through December 2001, while it blew off FBI 9/11 investigators looking into the help Dubai gave the terrorists.
Yeah, let’s not focus on that piddly stuff about Dubai and attack Israel for its election choices, as an excuse to practice Hitler-esque anti-Semitism.
It’s okay, though. Bad habits are tough to break. And TIME Magazine, which is hemorrhaging readers, has been anti-Israel from time immemorial. If it’s broke, don’t fix it. That’s their attitude. And it’s why in five years or less, it will probably only exist as an also-ran website.
And by the way, TIME’s distorter, er . . . “reporter” is Andrew Lee Butters, who is stationed in Beirut. Yeah, I’m sure he’s real objective.

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Time Magazine under the stewardship of the Luce family, has been anti Israel since at least 1953 and probably even before that – and as you wrote, Newsweek is not much better (Life Magazine was also pretty awful on Israel). I last looked at Time in 1996 and do not miss it at all. Ever notice by the way that they never refer to Hamas as right wing which it really is (killing adulterers, homosexuals, and imposing a theocratic state)?
“Hello . . .?” What’s with the Valley Girl talk?

Ripper on February 18, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Hmmm. TIME Magazine, eh? They are a publication that falls under the CNN/TIME/Warner corporation. Who did they recently put on the swimsuit issue of one of their magazines?
Does this sound like a corporation that would honor an Israeli patriot?

There is NO Santa Claus on February 18, 2009 at 4:29 pm

The main stream media sure wouldn’t put up with racial discrimination against the Williams sisters. Look at how the media picks up on the black church burnings as opposed to the synagogs being vandalized. BIG difference.
There also isn’t much in the media about the black Africans being killed and raped by the islamic raiders in Darfur. “Save Darfur” is the slogan but the whole slogan could be more accurately labeled.

samurai on February 18, 2009 at 4:46 pm

It isn’t just the Williams sisters. Every tennis player that participates in that tournament either unwittingly or with informed consent supports Dubai’s official anti-semitism.
chsw
[C: I'VE NOTED THAT. BUT THE WILLIAMS SISTERS ARE STILL THE BIGGEST STARS IN WOMEN'S TENNIS. PLUS, I COULDN'T SHOW PICS OF EVERY SINGLE PLAYER PLAYING. AND, YES, THEY ARE BLACK, SO IT MAKES AN IMPORTANT POINT. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED FROM TENNIS TOURNAMENTS. AND THEY'VE SPOKEN OUT AGAINST RACISM IN THE PAST. BUT THEY APPARENTLY DON'T CARE ABOUT NON-RACE-BASED BIGOTRY. THEY'RE HYPOCRITES. DS]

chsw on February 18, 2009 at 4:50 pm

“AND THEY’VE SPOKEN OUT AGAINST RACISM IN THE PAST. BUT THEY APPARENTLY DON’T CARE ABOUT NON-RACE-BASED BIGOTRY. THEY’RE HYPOCRITES.”
So do you feel the same way about conservative hero Tiger Woods, who refused to join in the liberal media witch hunt against the Master’s golf tournament and Augusta National over their refusal to accept females such as yourself as members? Of course you didn’t. Instead, the conservative punditry of which you are a member defended Woods as he was being repeatedly slammed by the New York Times for his refusal to become an identity politics activist.
So before you call someone else a hypocrite, take a look in the mirror. The Williams sisters are no more obliged to take a stand in this incident than was Woods over Augusta National’s refusal to admit women. And since Woods has gone from giving golf lessons to Rush Limbaugh and trashing black culture, claiming that he prefers Asian and white culture to it because the latter two “emphasize hard work and personal responsibility” to supporting Barack Obama, it should be OK for you to go after him now.
[H: I ACTUALLY WENT TO THE MASTERS ON THE TAB OF AUGUSTA NATIONAL BECAUSE I SUPPORTED THEIR RIGHT TO HAVE A PRIVATE CLUB BASED ON GENDER. NOT THE SAME THING--AT ALL--AS KEEPING OUT JEWS. THAT YOU DON'T GET THAT IS SCARY. ALSO, BTW, TIGER WOODS IS ANOTHER HUGE SUPPORTER AND ENABLER OF DUBAI. IF THE NAZIS WERE ON OUR SOIL ROUNDING UP JEWS, YOU'D PROBABLY BE SUPPORTING THE ATHLETES WHO STOOD BY AND/OR JOINED THE SS. BECAUSE, AFTER ALL, IT WOULD BE A "WITCH HUNT"--IN YOUR VIEW--TO STAND AGAINST RACISM AND BIGOTRY. DS]

healtheland on February 18, 2009 at 5:52 pm

The absurdity of the above comment comparing Tiger Woods to Dubai simply takes one’s breath away.
It demonstrates once again that Liberalism is a Mental Disorder and that there is no cure for it.

Hawkins on February 18, 2009 at 6:08 pm

from DS:Where was the Wall Street Journal all of those other years? Why, it was promoting Dubai as a travel and vacation destination, even recommending to readers that they participate in marathons there.
the WSJ was bought out last year by the parent company of Fox News Channel- that may be why the change in direction occured, Debbie.
[MD: IF ONLY THAT WERE THE REASON. BUT IT ISN'T. IN FACT, THE WSJ STEPPED UP ITS COVERAGE AND PROMOTION OF DUBAI, SINCE RUPERT MURDOCH AND SAUDI PRINCE ALWALEED BIN TALAL TOOK OWNERSHIP OF THE WSJ. DS]

Mistress_Dee on February 18, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Penis & Steroidina Williams in Dubai for MONEY just like that shitter Michael Jordan endorsed Nike whilst the kids in the ‘hood were killing each other for his Airness.
You really didn’t think these bitches would be in the Arthur Ashe vein did you?

EminemsRevenge on February 18, 2009 at 11:29 pm

Debbie,
I think you made a rare mistake. Your pic caption says “Venus and Serena Williams”, but all I see is two linebackers for the Steelers in wife beaters.

Jeff_W on February 19, 2009 at 11:00 am

Debbie, I have always supported Israel (Leon Uris is one of my favorite authors) and have even written to the Israeli embassy expressing my complete support for them, which was answered very quickly with a very sincere thank-you note. But it seems to me that one can’t blame the liberal media without putting some of the blame, if not the majority, on American Jews. They have not only NOT stood up for presidential candidates that support Israel, but have turned out in force to support the candidate most likely to sever those ties. They have spoken out in one loud voice about Israel’s reaction to the Gaza missile strikes (as portrayed in the liberal media,) and they have consistently turned out to support policies that DO NOT favor Israel, leaving the issue for the Lutherans, the Catholics and the Presbyterians to take up. I’m sorry, but I simply can’t get my mind around that fact. When will the American Jews finally get it, that Israel is our best hope in the Middle East?

Hilltopbabe on February 19, 2009 at 12:55 pm

AFter reading my post, I need to correct one thing – I simply used Lutherans, Catholics and Presbyterians as an example. There are other groups, of course – I simply meant to imply that the non-Jews are more ardent in Israel’s defense than the Jews are.

Hilltopbabe on February 19, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Seriously, you are a complete idiot. Jewish Iraeli? What the HELL are you talking about?
People like you turn people like me, who would have no issues with an Israeli playing tennis or otherwise into ones who are glad Shahar has been denied a visa.
“Reality check: Again, the Arab boycott of Israel has existed as long as the modern State of Israel has. It wasn’t a tit in response to a tat. It was Jew-hatred and Judenrein. Period.”
Give me a break. You know NOTHING about the history of the region. Are you seriously that stupid?
Not liking being forced upon you a country that wasn’t there is pure Jew-hatred? hokay then.. good luck.

The Project on February 19, 2009 at 1:56 pm

to Project:
after reading your above post, the real “project” is going to be in finding you a brain!

BB on February 19, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Unfortunatly,Perception is Reality.
BECAUSE the Left-Wing Brain is the Left-Wing Brain, those numbers are completely pulled from the sky.
Yes, large numbers of Left-Wingers, including Jewish Left-wingers, voted the way they did, in most cases impossible to identify as Jewish,but in areas around the nation where the Jewish Vote could be Identified, the vote went the OPPOSITE WAY.

CHOI on February 20, 2009 at 2:22 am

Islam in action had this update today:
This is a follow up to yesterday’s story about a Jewish tennis not being allowed into Dubai to play in the Dubai Tennis Championship.
New Showdown After Dubai Blocks Israeli Player
AP
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates ñ Organizers of a women’s tennis tournament said Tuesday that security fears were behind the decision to bar an Israeli player ó a move that could force another showdown when the men’s play begins next week.
The snub brought swift denunciations from the Women’s Tennis Association and warnings that it could consider scratching Dubai from its calendar. The Tennis Channel canceled plans to televise the championships in protest.
Tuesday’s statement by the Dubai Tennis Championships ó citing fan anger at Israeli’s recent incursions into the Gaza Strip ó was the first detailed explanation of the last-minute visa denial for Shahar Peer, who qualified as the 48th-ranked player in the world. Monday’s WTA rankings listed her 45th.
But Dubai, which is trying to become a showcase for world-class sports, is coming under increasing pressure with the men’s field as Israeli doubles specialist Andy Ram hopes to be in the draw on Sunday.

horselady on February 20, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Debbie,
You are on fire!! Keep it going. You definitely “bring it” every week, and you really did this week. I’ve been a long time reader, but this is the first time I’ve ever commnented.
ES

Eli on February 21, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Ah. Israel, which has democratic elections–unlike any U.A.E. country, all of which are run by dictatorial royalty which lives most of the time in Switzerland–is the “extremist.”

I agree with what you say, but not how you say it and how you clearly have only an elementary understanding of the UAE. Look at the quote above. The UAE is a country composed of Emirates (roughly equivalent to states), not…more countries. Did you actually go to law school?

AH on January 19, 2010 at 8:28 pm

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