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So you are a sports star, high up in the rankings of your fellow enthusiasts, andf you confidently expect either to win or to gain substantial earnings from the next stage of the professional tour. But you find you are barred from even entering the country, never mind from the tournament. Have you committed some grave crime? Have you insulted the Head of State? Nope, you have commited the ultimate crime of being an Israeli attempting to play in a tournament in Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates.

The Al Maktoum family rule Dubai, and they have based the huge rise in investment in Dubai upon being one of the more progressive and responsible areas of the Arab world. We see the move towards acceptance of some Western standards in their promotion of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships including a whole host of women, who all of course dress in very short skirts and shorts, no doubt to the annoyance of the stricter Muslims around the perimeter of the stadium. But it’s one thing for a woman to wear a short skirt on the court, and it is another to be an Israeli woman who wishes to play on that same court.

The Dubai Immigration Authorities stated that Shahah Peer had been barred from entering their modern, forward-looking country because of fears about repeats of protests she had faced in New Zealand, but also because of public opinion regarding the Gaza conflict.  So much for equal rights in Dubai, or any other scrub-desert outhouse with aspiration towards acceptance into civilized society!


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81 thoughts on “you cannot be serious!

  1. She’s not barred from a fear of violance, she’s barred because she’s Israeli. No Israeli is allowed to enter.

    No doubt Jakkee Smith intends to bar al Maktoum from Blighty when he next attempts a trip to the races with our useless Queen.

  2. I’m surprised that things like this have not happened, or been publicized before.

    Dubai should not be qualified to hold international competitions if they won’t allow all the constestants in- simple as that.

    When the US holds international sports competitions, athletes from Cuba or N Korea etc are always allowed in. Vice versa as well.

    What Dubai has done is unprofessional and may ultimately hurt its aspirations of becoming a true international travel hub /conference center

  3. And yet Israel is the apparent racist state whose national football team is comprised of arab players and whose supporters were subjected to some of the most disgusting racial abuse that wouldn’t have been out of place in Munich in the 30’s by the Republic of Ireland supporters in Dublin in a World Cup qualifier in 2005.

  4. Apropos of nothing, perhaps

    I bought a nice big box of Jaffa clementine citrus fruits yesterday.

    Most delicious, and highly recommended.

  5. Apropos of nothing as well,

    After the last big push to get me and many like me to accept that these clowns have a point, I now make a special point of buying, wherever possible, goods originating from Israel.

  6. Mike

    Yep – me too – and there are some good food products from there.

    And a thought on the nitwit union guys who may want to boycott Israel.

    Ireland now is very much in need of some renewed inward investment. This boycott if it gets off the ground will absolutely hurt such an effort.

  7. I am boycotting Israeli products, and so are most of my friends.

    Boycotting Israeli products would have no effect on Ireland’s economy.

  8. As if on cue, I just peeled a Jaffa clementine, and the sweet citrus smell wafts through the office.

    These are so wonderful, I may have to take a photo of them to share with Guba and the lads.

  9. ‘These are so wonderful, I may have to take a photo of them to share with Guba and the lads.’

    Well, you are still giving alot more money to Al Qaeda then Israel anyway, unless you cycle to work.

  10. Mike:

    Nothing to do with anti-semitism, which the good folk of Dubai are plainly guilty of, but it’s such a dub(a)ious holiday destination. Europeans are flocking there, buying apartments etc, without knowing much about the local regime. If they knew—or cared—they’d choose Spain or Greece as we used to do. It’s a shithole. (Apologies to all decent ani everywhere.)

  11. Buying property in that part of the world — unless you are rich and can afford to lose it – may be the single dumbest thing a person could ever do.

    Have those people ever heard of the term " political risk "?

    There’s a sucker born every minute. Step right up.

    Buy property in Europe or America or even Australia if you wish..Where you at least have some idea how safe it might be long term.

  12. Phantom:

    They don’t even allow sucking in Dubai. Everything apart from the missionary position is banned.

  13. Pinky,

    I feel that something big could be happening. Israel’s most recent action seemed to push the public too far. it reminds me of the white South African government; Irish people took a lead in the international response against them, we can do it again.

    Europe and other democracies need to step up and take the initiative. The US will probably do sweet eff all.

  14. Pinky:

    Yeah, you’re right. I was too quick off the mark there. But it isn’t the place that’s driving them out; it’s the recession. I just wish they hadn’t gone there in the first place, to prop up this horrid regime with their inward investment.

  15. It’s nothing new, Mike. The UAE government specifically asked the US not to send Jewish employees to staff its embassy and consulates in the territory.

    Another reason why I’ve no interest in going to the place.

    Meanwhile, I’ve been boycotting Islamic businesses since 7/7. And I’ll still be boycotting Islamic businesses long after Guba and chums return to buying Israeli produce.

  16. ‘I’ve been boycotting Islamic businesses since 7/7. And I’ll still be boycotting Islamic businesses long after Guba and chums return to buying Israeli produce.’

    I’m sure that must be troubling, but , let me guess, you are not boycotting their biggest business, are you?

  17. Any comment which I consider distasteful, derogatory or contrary to the site rules will be deleted without any arguments.

  18. ‘Meanwhile, I’ve been boycotting Islamic businesses since 7/7. And I’ll still be boycotting Islamic businesses long after Guba and chums return to buying Israeli produce.’

    Didn’t you just holiday in Egypt, Andrew?

  19. Irish people took a lead in the international response against them, we can do it again.

    Indeed we did and were recognised by Tutu for being the catylst for anti-apartheid movements all over Europe and indeed eventuallt within the USA.

    And I think the current boycott is gaining huge momentum. Good work being done all around.

  20. I would boycott Irish products but I don’t exactly know what it is the Irish produce besides extremely overrated stout.

  21. I would boycott Irish products but I don’t exactly know what it is the Irish produce besides extremely overrated stout.

    Moron

    A person who is notably stupid or lacking in good judgement.

  22. As David states in this blog heading "We want good conversation, no abuse and no trolls."

    If anyone wishes to place any opinions of their own on T’Internet, let them start up their own blog, and see who reads / comments upon it.

    If you do not wish to hold to standards, then do not comment upon any post which I author! As for the honour, my pleasure!

  23. Kloot, Is there any enterprise, any new ideas or any innovation that comes out of southern ireland or is it just a giant European maquiladora? And butter doesn’t count.

  24. Kloot, Is there any enterprise, any new ideas or any innovation that comes out of southern ireland or is it just a giant European maquiladora?

    James, what comes out of Ireland reflects its size in the world economy.

    Ireland’s primary industries are inthe areas of Agriculture, IT, and Pharmaceuticals.

    In terms of Agriculture, Irish products are considered of a very high standard (despite the recent embarrassing disaster over contaminated port). The UK is a massive imported of Irish agricultural goods, as is Europe, the US and to a lesser extend the middle east.

    In terms of IT, I work in a company that is in the top 4 of its concern in the world. A home grown company selling to all of the biggest Networking/Telecom/Media Provider companies in the world. There are many similar type ventures in Ireland.

    Pharmaceuticals is not something I have much of an insight into, however Ireland does play a part, however small in research and development in this area. TCD and UCD are all engaged in research recognised as valuable.

    Again however, with a population of 4 million, were never going to be churning out the same amount as other countries with much larger well establish economies, populations and education facilities.

  25. James H

    One thing Id add to my last comment, is that often than not, it is the sexy innovation that gets the most attention. I doubt you would ever have heard of many of my company nor many of other similar Irish companies for a number of reasons.

    1. Irish start-ups, tend to form with a view not for world domination, but more with an eye towards incorporation within a larger multinational through a buyout. The funding limits available in Ireland would never allow for much more than that. However, this type of mindset is one extremely common to American start-ups as well. The primary diver is short term financial gain for those starting up the company.

    2. Ireland has a large IT element to its economy. Therefore quite a few of the products Irish companies develop are not necessarily customer facing. ie, they are not necessarily companies like youtube or facebook. Instead the technologies may be used at a lower level within the network.

  26. "I am boycotting Israeli products, and so are most of my friends. ‘

    Most people I know are too."

    *giggles*

    Echo chambers…

  27. The fact is that there aren’t a lot of Israeli products out there that the average person would even see.

    It’s easy and cheap for anyone to boycott the tiny Jewish state.

    Lets see them boycott something that costs them something then we might see how principled they are.

  28. *giggles*

    Echo chambers…

    LOL indeed! Such confessions of your state of being are not necessary DSD. We already know!

  29. Okay boycotters get boycotting:

    "you support the proposed academic boycott of Israel — and if you are to remain intellectually honest — prepare for a radical lifestyle change. Firstly, unplug your computer. Good. Now switch off your interactive digital television set. Well done. And now throw away your mobile phone. Excellent. You see, Professor, these machines are not only the engine of the globalised, capitalist world but they also depend on technologies that have been produced by Israeli academics in the Zionist entity.

    Stop playing with your detached mouse, Professor, and concentrate. I’m afraid you may not use the British Library because it has been computerised by Ex Libris, a Zionist company that was spawned by the odious Hebrew University of Jerusalem. And if, God forbid, you develop problems of the small intestine, you may not pop the Zionist-invented ‘video capsule’, which passes naturally through your body as it monitors this delicate piece of your anatomy. You will, sadly, have to take it up the derrière, Professor. As a matter of principle, of course. But remember: your principle allows your proctologist to keep his hand in.
    ……
    a set of global companies which are arguably even more culpable because they not only operate in Israel but also do most of their R&D there. IBM and Intel each have three R&D centres in Israel; Microsoft established its first non-American facility there, and Cisco Systems has built its only non-American R&D centre in Israel. Then there is Motorola, which has its largest R&D site in Israel, and News Corp, whose company NDS develops those neat interactive technologies for digital television."

    Sadly as you won’t be using your computers from now on I’ll be unable to keep track of the boycott is going.

  30. If the unions get involved in this in a big way, they may soon learn that two can play the boycott game.

    South Africa had no friends. Israel has many friends, and not just in America either.

    Knock yourself out, boycotters.

  31. David:

    "I just can’t get enough Israeli goods – such good prices too…"

    True. Where can I buy a used Uzi? eBay have boycotted their sale.

  32. Mike:

    What about answering my question? Or is post deletion easier than mature discussion?

    David:

    You might try answering my question too. People like Mike are bringing this blog into disrepute.

  33. >>also depend on technologies that have been produced by Israeli academics in the Zionist entity.<<

    I think they’ve also more or less cornered the market for quality segregation walls since East Germany went bust.

    Here’s Israel’s entry to the 2008 World Architecture Competition.

  34. If you had suicide zombies crossing into your town, you’d have built a wall twice as high

  35. Phanthom:

    Why do you think they might be doing that then?

    If i was an |sraeli, that’s the first thing i would ask.

  36. To be very specific ( and not the way you choose that I answer )

    A number of suicide bombers were psychologically or otherwise vulnerable, and were put up to it by cynical "masterminds"

    Don’t complain about the wall/fence if you don’t complain about the suicide bombing.

    In essence, Hamas built this wall. Rejoice at their works.

  37. ‘Don’t complain about the wall/fence if you don’t complain about the suicide bombing.’

    Don’t complain about the suicide bombing if you won’t complain about the Palestinians removed from their land.

    Why are the Israelis entitled to the land and not the former inhabitants?

    Why won’t you answer? Well i know why you won’t answer. it’s because you can’t.

  38. In essence, Hamas built this wall. Rejoice at their works.

    Thats the logic of Ghetto commandants.

  39. OK, Guba, play it your way. Just don’t cry the blues about Gaza and the fence since everything is fair game.

    There are plenty of Arabs in Israel and they have more rights there than they do in Egypt or any other country in the Arab/Muslim world.

    I don’t wave the Israel pom poms the way you wave the Pali pom poms, and I do concede that the Arabs do have legitimate beefs that must be addressed by Israel.

    Your selective morality is charming, and we await your concern for other "victims" in the region.

    Ghetto commandants built walls to punish the inhabitants within

    Israel built this wall to prevent Hamas and the boys from sending bombers to attack civilians in pizza parlors.

    Slight difference.

  40. ‘since everything is fair game.’

    No it’s not. There is right and wrong; justice and human rights.

    ‘There are plenty of Arabs in Israel and they have more rights there than they do in Egypt or any other country in the Arab/Muslim world.’

    so what? What about the Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere who were removed from their homes?

    ‘I do concede that the Arabs do have legitimate beefs that must be addressed by Israel.’

    Why are the Jews entitled to live in the land once occupied by the Palestinians?

    I have no selective morality. I condemn hamas as much as i condemn Israel. I can say it as many times as you want.

    You are the one who is failing to answer a simple moral question. The morality of the Jews taking the land off of the Palestinians.
    Yours is the definition of ‘selective morality’.

  41. The Jews have a right to live in the land of their ancestors. And nothing you say will change that.

  42. Ghetto commanders built ghettos -according to them – to protect the German people from the Jews.

  43. ‘The Jews have a right to live in the land of their ancestors’

    Why have the Palestinians not the right to live in the land of their ancestors?

    Why native Americans not the right to live on the land of their ancestors?

  44. "The Jews have a right to live in the land of their ancestors."

    Unfortunately they don’t want to live in Ukraine.

  45. Why have the Palestinians not the right to live on the land of their ancestors?

    Why do native Americans not have the right to live on the land of their ancestors?

  46. Visit Israel or America – they do.

    Unfortunately in the case of the American Indian – and I’m sure that your concern for them is beyond sincere – there aren’t many of them, and in any event there are very few pureblood who live anything close to a traditional lifestyle.

    Their numbers were terribly reduced by persecution ( real genocide, not like other matters under discussion ) but even more than that by disease.

    Shall we spring to the rights of the various groups in the Aleutian island chain?

  47. Why were the Jews allowed to take land off of Palestinians in Israel without their consent? It is very simple

  48. Guba

    Nothing is simple in that old and nasty part of the world– Holy Land, yeah right– and only the simple-minded would say that it is.

    I have said that the Arabs have legitimate beefs, which they do.

  49. ‘Nothing is simple in that old and nasty part of the world only the simple-minded would say that it is. ‘

    It is pretty simple, but i again acknowledge that you are ignoring the question.

    Why are the Jews entitled to the land formerly owned by Palestinians? You obviously believe they are, why do you believe it?

    Please enlighten this simple mind.

  50. Guba

    The Jews are entitled to ownership of the land of the Jews.

    You don’t like it, but there’s your answer.

  51. ‘The Jews are entitled to ownership of the land of the Jews. ‘

    Why is it the land of the Jews?

    The Palestinians have been there as long as the Jews; they both originate in the area.

    If it is the land of the Jews and the Palestinians, what right have the Jews to forcibly remove their ethnic relatives from the land?

  52. The Arabs have not been there as long as the Jews.

    Nice try.

    Spare us the Canaanite malarkey please.

  53. ‘Spare us the Canaanite malarkey please.’

    ha! You are aware of what a semite is, yes? People like you, use the word so much, i am surprised that you do not understand it.

    BTW,

    Here and look at the references or use google.

    People, i say again, and this demonstrates it very well, the problem is religion.

  54. Do you accept that Jews and Palestinians are genetically closely related and descended from the Canaanites?

    Here you go

    Not again!

    What?! Even a study by a Jewish University finds it

    Well, i have proven what i want to prove. Socrates’ statement, ‘The unexamined life is not worth living’ comes to mind. I am a skeptic; i question everything, that is the lesson of the enlightenment. Even the most uncomfortable and immovable truths must be questioned and examined.

    It is sad to see ignorance still abound. I cannot understand peoples’ fear of facing reality; of searching for the truth.

  55. Where does the word Canaanite appear in any of the three linked articles?

    Haste makes waste, Guba.

    It is sad to see ignorance still abound. I cannot understand peoples’ fear of facing reality; of searching for the truth.

  56. In the abstract of the first one.

    ‘Jews and Palestinians came from the ancient Canaanites,
    who extensively mixed with Egyptians, Mesopotamian and
    Anatolian peoples in ancient times.’

    Haste makes waste, Phanthom

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