Is this the end of Israeli sports?
We've had three horrible incidents in the past week that illustrate major problems for Israeli sports. First, an Israeli tennis player couldn't get a visa to play a sanctioned match in Dubai; then the Swedes decided that no fans would be admitted to a tennis match with the Israelis in Sweden; and today we learn that an Israeli taekwondo team has decided not to travel to Sweden because of security concerns.
Is this the end of Israeli sports outside of Israel??? It appears that Europeans are going to be very reticent about hosting Israeli sports teams. First, there will be organized protests, and secondly, like the UK not admitting Geert Wilders, they will claim they are 'concerned' about Israeli security. They are NEVER concerned about the security of Israel - but you'll see them so concerned about the security of Israelis that they won't be permitted to travel to Europe.
And, what will event organizers do? They'll wring their hands, say some nice things, and bemoans the absence of Israelis. But, that's about it. And, if protesters are successful in keeping out Israeli sports people, then what comes next? Well, we all the know the answer to that - academics. Oh yes, it's boycott season again, as we have blogged...