Indonesia pulls out of match in Israel

Protesting Israeli actions in Gaza, team won't show up for tennis Fed Cup event.

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(photo credit: Associated Press)
Indonesia pulled out of a planned Fed Cup tennis match in Israel to protest against Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip, an Indonesian foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday. "We are witnessing a military invasion by Israel and the arrest of scores of Palestinian officials," spokesman Desra Percaya said. "It is now impossible to play there," he said. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, earlier asked that the venue be changed to another country, because Jakarta has no diplomatic relations with Israel. At first, the Indonesian team was hesitant to come, citing the lack of diplomatic relations between the countries. Two weeks ago, after an Indonesian appeal to move the tie to a neutral site was rejected by the ITF, behind-the-scenes efforts were made to host the squad in mid July.