The United Arab Emirates has decided not to issue a visa to Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer for the WTA event occurring this week in Dubai.
As punishment for that, the Wall Street Journal has pulled out of their endorsement of the tournament and the Tennis Channel will not be covering the event on television.
However, I think UAE made absolutely the right decision.
Israel is a democracy therefore when Israel goes on a killing spree like they just did in the Gaza Strip with phosphorus bombs, nail bombs and other weapons of terror aimed at women and children as well as civilians in general, one not only holds the government of the country responsible but also the voters who voted that government in.
As far as I’m concerned Israel (and consequently every Israeli) should be banned from every world event until they cease being a racist, Nazi-like colonial regime based on oppression and mass murder.
And for those people who claim to be progressives and liberals and think UAE’s decision is wrong, what about South Africa in the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s?….It was routine to bar South Africans from competing in events until Apartheid finally was dismantled.
It was absolutely the right decision then regarding South Africa and it is the right decision now to ban Israeli’s world competition in sports or anything else global until they clean up their act.