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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    And now it is the right of the WTA to pull their license to host a WTA tournament, which is something that may happen from next year unless the Abu Dhabi government repents and sees the error of its ways.

    For for a professional athlete who was qualified to compete in a tournament that the government of the country lobbied heavily to host on an annual basis as Dubai hosts this event?

    I am sure they had been working on the visa issue, but apparently the denial only became "final" very recently. As for making it political, the UAE government made it political with the denial of the visa. The WTA president was merely taking them to task for it and I am sure noting that this could result in the loss of the tournament - just as Venezuela lost IBAF sanction for a youth world championship last year for denial of visas to Asia's baseball champions because they happened to come from a country they don't like. Simply pathetic that you would somehow excuse such behavior.
    Could it be just another propaganda attack in the never ending war between Israel and the Arab world? Another pathetic attempt to claim "anti-Semitism" because the person "wronged" comes from Israel? You can deny it as much as you want, but that is how it has come off, even though you never used the words.

    So let me summarize.. Yes it is wrong for the UAE to say no to this player, but it is their right to do so, just like every other country does it on a daily basis.
    If I were running the WTA, the UAE would become persona non gratta in the WTA arena.

    No license, no players, no contact period. The UAE has proven they are to racist to host tournements.

    The UAE needs to be banned outright. They want to play games then let the games be played where their racist asses are not allowed.

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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post

    Hypocrite and asshole.
    That is quite an ironic comment if you think about it.
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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    It is just a freaking tennis player [one whom i have never even heard of]

    People need to chill and quit bitchin if a soverign country has refused to allow someone access to it's territory.
    If it makes anyone feel better, Israel can refuse a Arab tennis player

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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    It is just a freaking tennis player [one whom i have never even heard of]

    People need to chill and quit bitchin if a soverign country has refused to allow someone access to it's territory.
    If it makes anyone feel better, Israel can refuse a Arab tennis player
    and Israel can as well lose the priviledge to host such an event

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    How the hell did you just tie in a retroactive reparative measure with a proactive preventative measure. Not even close to being the same thing.

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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    Quote Originally Posted by DeeJayH View Post
    and Israel can as well lose the priviledge to host such an event
    Oh yeah ....
    Oh well, UAE may lose it's priviledge as well.

    This much fuss over a tennis player. Wow.

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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    And they US has banned people from entering the US... remember Cat Stevens? and in the US case it is a huge majority muslims...? The UK just banned "the" dutch politician from entering the UK because of his racist views.. Countries do it all the time. But in this case people are up in arms because it is a jew? Give me a break.

    The UAE can ban anyone they want from entering their territory, just like anyone else.
    I remember being quite pissed off when Cat Stevens was denied entry into the US.

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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    If someone can be banned from WTA competition because they are Jewish what is next? Banning the Williams sisters because they are black? Banning Sania Mirza because she is Muslim? Banning Raphael Nadal because he is left-handed?
    or deporting people because they're Palestinian?

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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    Oh yeah ....
    Oh well, UAE may lose it's priviledge as well.

    This much fuss over a tennis player. Wow.
    this much fuss over state sanctioned racism

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    How the hell did you just tie in a retroactive reparative measure with a proactive preventative measure. Not even close to being the same thing.

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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    You accuse me and others for being hypocrites and assholes? How about looking in the mirror... Is it not a bit hypocritical to post this story, and yet not the other situations when people have been denied visa to enter a country? Is it not hypocritical to post a story who's intent was clearly to stir up sympathy for the poor Israeli against the mean old Arab country, and yet claim that religion and race has nothing to do about it? Again, why is it you find this story so important over random person being denied entry to any country on the planet?
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    You are correct. I work in corporate business travel and visas get denied all the time, for whatever reason- mostly political. Many countries deny visas for someone who even has an Israeli stamp on their passport, we have to recommend they get a second passport to gain entry if they want to get in. It's pretty stupid and petty but it's the discretion of the country to allow entry if they require visas to get in.
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