Sunday, June 13, 2010

ESPN Around the Horn Panelist Kevin Blackistone suggests Israel boycott

First was the exposure of Helen Thomas as anti-Semite, which forced her into a retirement. Now, we have word that frequent ESPN Around the Horn panelist Kevin Blackistone is suggesting a boycott of Israeli sports. This is truly sickening.
Maybe a sports boycott of Israel, where sports are beloved the same as in South Africa, could help foster a round of truly meaningful peace talks between Israel and Palestinians. Maybe such a collective effort could exercise the same leverage on Israel that it did for nearly 30 years with South Africa.

I wouldn't suggest a boycott of individual Israeli athletes, like tennis player Shahar Peer, who wasn't allowed entry last year into the United Arab Emirates for the tournament. It wouldn't have been right to deny boxer and rabbinical student Yuri Foreman last Saturday night to defend his undefeated record and junior middleweight belt in Yankee Stadium against Miguel Cotto, who beat him.
Kevin, why not a boycott of Iran or North Korea? Furthermore, isn't the point of a boycott to include everything with no exceptions? You make me sick.
A sports boycott would certainly intensify the world's spotlight on Israel's approach to dealing with its occupied territories, just like it did South Africa's defunct government's dealings with its occupied peoples.
Hat tip to Honest Reporting, Israel Matzav, and Jennifer Rubin.

I am disgusted with Kevin Blackistone and his anti-Israel views.

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