August 6, 2014, - 8:59 am
The people who run the major pro-tennis groups never miss an opportunity to screw Israel, and now they’ve canceled the Israel Open tennis tournament set to take place in late September in Tel Aviv. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) claims this is about safety and security, when we all know that a tennis tournament held in Israel would be the safest and most secure tournament in history. You are far more likely to be killed or subject to a terrorist attack at Wimbledon or the U.S. Open than in Israel. 9/11 didn’t happen there nor did the Tube bombing.
Over the years, I’ve told you of many instances of Tennis Apartheid against Jews and Israel (see here, also). And this is just the latest instance because Jews all over the world continue to tolerate it and patronize pro tennis anyway.
As I’ve told you before, ATP would not allow an audience when the Israeli team played Sweden in the Davis Cup in Malmo. That’s because they couldn’t guarantee security from the Muslim mobs in the city, but they didn’t cancel the competition, as they are doing with the far safer Tel Aviv. And, as I noted, ATP refused to cancel tournaments in Qatar, Dubai, and other countries that discriminate against Israeli Jews and Jews with Israeli stamps in their passports, refusing to allow them to play in their Open tournaments (see the links above). The only player with any balls to refuse to play in protest was the great Andy Roddick, who pulled out of the 2009 Dubai Tennis Championships over its apartheid policy against Israeli Jews, and he’s now retired. The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, refused to do anything with regard to the women’s tournaments in those countries and continued to play, even though Venus sits on the board of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and could have done something.
Pro Tennis is very political, and its politics are anti-Semitic. It’s just that simple.
The ATP regrets to announce that the inaugural Negev Israel Open in Tel Aviv, Israel, will not take place in 2014 due to security concerns arising from the military conflict in the region. The Negev Israel Open had been set to become the first ATP World Tour event in Israel since 1996. The tournament, previously hosted in St. Petersburg, Russia, had been due to take place from 15-21 September.
Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “We regret the ATP World Tour event in Tel Aviv, Israel, will not take place this year. Sadly, we do not feel we can proceed as planned given the situation in the region. Ensuring the security of our players, fans and all those involved in organising a world-class event, is our number one priority. We hope to be back in Tel Aviv next year. In the meantime, and much more importantly, we hope for a swift return to peace in the region.”
Mr. Asaf Tochmeir, Chairman of the Israeli Tennis Association, said: “We regret the ATP’s decision. We at the ITA have done everything to ensure a successful ATP event takes place in Israel. We have raised sufficient funding and have taken care of all organisational requirements.”
Like Tochmeir said, this would have been a very safe and secure tournament. ATP hosts events in Qatar and Dubai of the United Arab Emirates, countries which don’t allow Israeli Jews to enter their borders to play. And you can bet either of those tournaments is far less safe and easily bombed. We know how easy it was for Israeli secret agents–none of whom has ever been caught–to sneak into a Dubai hotel room and clean the world of HAMAS arms dealer Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh.
Heck, they even host tennis tournaments in Munich. And, as the ghosts of the 1972 Israeli Olympic Team can tell you, it’s not exactly a safe place to compete.
Ask yourself where you’d be more safe–at a tennis tournament where the “security” are TSA types who wear very cute matching t-shirts; English Bobby types with no guns but with some really snazzy batons, walkie-talkies, and cellphones; or elite Israeli security. I know which I would pick.
But the ATP made a different choice, not motivated by security concerns. This isn’t about safety.
It’s about using the slightest excuse to screw Israel and the Jews again. That’s what pro tennis does because we tolerate it.
That Was Then . . .
This Is Now . . .
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