“Guess we all owe Dubai an apology”

Deadspin:

Everyone (i.e., me) rode the United Arab Emirates for denying an Israeli tennis player entry to their country, but judging by Sweden’s reaction to a similar problem, the Mid-East nation looks like the sensible one.
The Israeli Davis Cup team is taking on Sweden this weekend in front of an empty arena in Malmo. No spectators were allowed in because anti-Israeli protesters threatened to disrupt the match. Of course, not being inside did not deter the angry mob. They stormed the arena, threw rocks, bottles and firecrackers at police and generally made a giant mess of things in the street. Because tennis players run the world, I guess?

The Israeli players criticized the decision to close the stadium. Watching this video of an enraged European mob coming after the Jews, however, I’m not sure the authorities had much choice.
Damian P.
Update: on February 27, ESPN tennis blogger Peter Bodo wondered whether the Malmo authorities were deliberately trying to embarrass the Israelis:

Here’s the problem: Malmo has a significant Muslim population and a left-leaning civic leadership that is angry at Israel. Therefore, they’ve decided to hold the tie behind closed doors — meaning, no spectators allowed — under the laughable claim that they can’t provide adequate security. Get this: The tie will be played in the easily controlled, indoor environment of the Baltic Hall, which has a capacity (4,077) smaller than that of some junior college gyms.
There can be only one reason for how this has come about: The town fathers in Malmo, and perhaps the leadership of the Swedish federation itself, desperately wants this tie to be controversial — wants to see it played behind closed doors, in order to somehow suggest that Israel is a pariah nation — thereby advancing anti-Israel sentiment.
Malmo is bracing for an influx of demonstrators against Israel, which also plays right into the hands of those who wish to embarrass Israel. What could be better, in terms of advancing the agenda, than having streets full of demonstrators and a visiting nation that can’t be allowed to show its flag? This is a crude and astonishing example of using the Davis Cup as a political football.

Via Powerline.

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6 thoughts on ““Guess we all owe Dubai an apology”

  1. They’re moderates I tell you, they’re moderates. They can understand that Israel will not tolerate thousands of missles being launched against them without striking back. I’m sure they’ll understand…won’t they.

  2. Yes, and no Damian. Sure, the Swedes were in a tough position, but whose idea was it to have a tennis match involving Israelis in Malmo? I can’t think of any Western city more likely to have a riot because of visiting Jews, although Paris is a close second.
    S’funny – I also can’t think of any North American city so prone to racially-charged mobs, at least no modern ones. Perhaps an NAACP conference in 1950’s Selma Alabama?

  3. Gotta love peaceful, freedom loving Europeans for not folding like a cheap suit to the pressures of the mob, for not caving to the whims and racist chants of the street thugs.
    European democracy and the rule of law.
    Ya right.

  4. “Watching this video of an enraged European mob coming after the Jews, however, I’m not sure the authorities had much choice.”
    Shoot a few. That’ll get their attention.

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