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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    The Tennis Channel will not televise the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships this week to protest the United Arab Emirates’ refusal to grant an entry visa to the Israeli player Shahar Peer. Peer was scheduled to play Anna Chakvetadze in the first round.

    “This is an easy decision to come by, based on what is right and wrong,” Ken Solomon, the chairman and chief executive of the network, said Monday from Utah.

    “Sports are about merit, absent of background, class, race, creed, color or religion. They are simply about talent. This is a classic case, not about what country did what to another country. If the state of Israel were barring a citizen of an Arab nation, we would have made the same decision.”
    Tennis Channel Won’t Televise Dubai Event in Protest

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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    Quote Originally Posted by GySgt View Post
    Uh-oh..... The European cry for surface talk. Time to scratch the surface.....

    1) Cat Stevens..er..."Yusuf Islam" : According to a statement by Yusuf Islam, the man on the list was named "Youssef Islam", indicating that Yusuf Islam himself was not the suspected terrorism supporter. "No reason was ever given, but being asked to repeat the spelling of my name again and again, made me think it was a fairly simple mistake of identity. Rumors which circulated after made me imagine otherwise."

    2) Muslims immigration to America? "Immigration from these regions slowed considerably after Sept. 11. Fewer people were issued green cards and nonimmigrant visas. By 2003, the number of immigrants arriving from 22 Muslim countries had declined by more than a third. BUT starting in 2004, the numbers rebounded. The tally of people coming to live in the United States from Bangladesh, Turkey, Algeria and other Muslim countries rose by 20 percent, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data. BUT five years later, as the United States wrestles with questions of terrorism, civil liberties and immigration control, Muslims appear to be moving here again in surprising numbers, according to statistics collected by the Department of Homeland Security and the Census Bureau."

    So what do we have here? A European attempt to lie or deceive? Maybe just a slip of the tongue, because bashing the English speaking nations taste so good? Your example shows a man that was denied based on his name (terrorist watch list), for which he was later removed. And the immigration thing? Got a defense for that one? And a man not allowed to enter a nation, based on his racist ways, must have been quite obvious as to his intentions in life.

    But what I find tragically amusing is that somehow, you are able to compare the reasons these two individuals were denied entry to a case where an individual was denied entry based on...what? Being a Jew? Same thing?

    It's no wonder most of the European Jews were massacred off or run out in the twentieth century so easily and without very much fuss. You are all too busy creating excuses and finding ways to look away. From an Olympic tragedy to this event, the Arab world is more than prepared to keep a Jew down. Seems some Europeans and Arabs have something in common again.
    why do you need to attack him based on his origins, and not just debate about what he says?

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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    They should be expected to uphold international standards, including the granting of visas. They will likely lose this tournament in the future, and as I have said earlier, Doha will be the big winner in all of this. They have allowed Peer to compete there in the past.
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    I agree and think they should loose this tournament. Maybe that's what it will take for their government to realize how childish and stupid their visa stipulations are.
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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    Quote Originally Posted by bub View Post
    why do you need to attack him based on his origins, and not just debate about what he says?
    Because he's a racist?

    Seriously...

    Some people are mentally incapable of making that separation.

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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

    You need to quit defending the racist actions of a racist arab nation.

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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    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.
    Yet more evidence of middle eastern racism.

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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.
    The UAE needs to be banned from all competitive sports. Racism needs to draw a stiff penalty.

    Racist asshole control is important. The UAE made excuses when confronted with their racist actions.

    This is sufficient cause to permanently remove the UAE from ALL competitive sports. The wanna be racist assholes ... they can pay a heavy price for it.

    Let this be a lesson to the racist ass monkeys in the UAE. Racism = permanent ban from all international competitive sports.

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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    I agree and think they should loose this tournament. Maybe that's what it will take for their government to realize how childish and stupid their visa stipulations are.
    They should lose ALL competitive sports. Let the world boycott their racist monkey asses.
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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    And so what. The WTA aint the UAE. The WTA knows that it has to follow the rules of the countries where it holds competitions. If it does not like those rules, then dont freaking hold the competitions there.

    I dont like this any more than the next guy, but I refuse to be up in arms over it just because it happens to be an Israeli, when very few were up in arms over Cat Stevens being banned from the US, or the thousands of innocent people including 3 month old babies being banned from entering the US due to having the "wrong name". And where on these boards was the uproar over the UK kicking out the Dutch right wing politician the other day? No where as far as I can see. Countries do it all the time and it is their right regardless if we agree with it or not. And dont play all high and mighty, because even Israel has banned people from entering Israel and keep doing it... where is your "uproar" over that?
    The difference is that Cat Stevens was banned from entering the US because he was a (real or imagined) security threat, not because of his religion or nationality.
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    Re: UAE bars entry for Israeli tennis player

    UAE will let Israeli man play tennis: U.S. Congressman | Sports | Reuters

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A male Israeli tennis player will get a visa to play in the Dubai Tennis Championships, a U.S. congressman said on Wednesday, adding that as a result he will not ask the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) to cancel the event.

    In the wake of the Gulf state's denial of a visa for a female Israeli tennis player, Representative Anthony Weiner of New York had scheduled a news conference on Wednesday to press the ATP to withdraw its backing for the tournament, a spokesman for the Brooklyn congressman said.

    But Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to Washington, has now assured Weiner that the male doubles player, Andy Ram, will be allowed to play in the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, which starts Monday.
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