Tennis Channel won’t Air Dubai Tournament – After Denying Israeli Player Visa

That’s what I call double standards in media “solidarity”, I am intersecting this incident with the BBC and sky news decision not to broadcast an appeal made by British organizations and charities for donations to the people of Gaza.

The stupid thing is that those probably never heard of the hundreds that are denied visas to Israel every year simply because they want to visit PALESTINE, or those Arabs and Muslims who wish to visit the holy sites and aren’t allowed.

As much as I hate getting arts/culture/sports into politics, and building upon the South African model I am fully in favor of an academic and cultural boycott to Israeli governmental bodies or individuals who do not make explicit their rejection to the daily state terrorism acts committed by the criminal government(s) of Israel

It really won’t take her much effort to say something like : “I am fully aware of the reasons behind this ban and because I believe sports should be a motivator to peace and human empathy, I declare my rejection to the criminal acts committed by my Government towards Palestinian population ….

Ironically, the United Arab Emirates is one other Arab country that has undeclared commercial and even military cooperation with Israel/ Israeli companies, but in any case here is the website of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott: http://www.pacbi.org/

Source CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/02/19/tennis.channel.dubai/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

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Tennis Channel won’t air Dubai tournament

(CNN) — The Tennis Channel has canceled plans to broadcast a tournament in Dubai because an Israeli player was banned. Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer was denied a visa by the United Arab Emirates.  Shahar Peer, the 45th-ranked women’s player according to the World Tennis Association, qualified to compete in this week’s Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships but was denied a visa by the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the UAE.

The cable network had planned to air parts of the tournament this weekend. “Tennis Channel recognizes that this exclusion has been made by state authorities and neither the tour nor tournament directors themselves,” said a statement posted on the channel’s Web site Wednesday. “However we also honor the role and proud tradition that tennis has always played as a driving force for inclusion both on and off the courts.

“Preventing an otherwise qualified athlete from competing on the basis of anything other than merit has no place in tennis or any other sport, and has the unfortunate result of undermining the credibility of the very nature of competition itself.”

The announcement comes the same day The Wall Street Journal Europe announced it is dropping its sponsorship of the tournament.

“The Wall Street Journal’s editorial philosophy is free markets and free people, and this action runs counter to the Journal’s editorial direction,” the Journal said in a written statement. The paper also said it plans to cancel a special tennis-themed advertising section scheduled for Monday and its backing of a men’s tournament in Dubai scheduled for next week.

After days of international criticism, including the WTA saying it would review whether the UAE should be allowed to host future tournaments, the event’s organizers said Peer was barred from the tournament for her own protection, apparently alluding to Israel’s recent military offensive in Gaza.

“We do not wish to politicize sports, but we have to be sensitive to recent events in the region and not alienate or put at risk the players and the many tennis fans of different nationalities that we have here,” organizers said in a written statement.

The statement cited anti-Israel protests before one of Peer’s matches at a recent tournament in New Zealand […]

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