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Israeli Soccer Player on U.K. Team Barred from Entering Dubai

By: JTA

An Israeli soccer player for a British team is sitting out a team visit to Dubai because of tensions between the emirate and Israel.

The 25-year-old striker, Itay Schechter, who plays for Swansea City, was prevented from attending the six-day group training session, The Jewish Chronicle reported on Wednesday.

The United Arab Emirates does not recognize the state of Israel and Israeli passport holders can be arrested and deported on entering without a special visa. Dubai is one of the UAE’s severn emirates, or city-states.

Hamas and Dubai have accused Israel of assassinating Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a hotel in Dubai in January 2010 in a plot involving a dozen assassins using forged passports from Britain, Ireland, Germany and France, among other countries.

Schechter, who was once a victim of anti-Semitic abuse when he was given a Nazi salute during a training session, has traveled to Israel to train with his former Hapoel Tel Aviv football club ahead of a Premier League match this Sunday, the newspaper reported.

In 2009, the Dubai Tennis Championships was levied a record fine over its country’s refusal to award a visa to Israeli tennis player Shahar Pe’er. She received a visa and appeared in the 2010 tournament in Dubai.

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6 Responses to “Israeli Soccer Player on U.K. Team Barred from Entering Dubai”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    The UK team should have immediately packed their bags and taken the next flight back to the UK, and been granted a forfeit victory.

  2. Zachary Kessin says:

    From what I can tell it looks like they were there for a training camp not even a game

  3. Are you expecting the UK to stand up against anti-semeticism, delusional…..

  4. the craven cowardly english. what else would one expect from these anti semites.

  5. Heather Dow says:

    There are even Arab writers that say Arabs are often their own worst enemies. Look at Syria, killing their own, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, need I go on? Maybe they should clean up their own back yards before going after the brilliant Israelis far ahead in agriculture, economics etc and promote loving your neighbor. Ask Arab Israelis where they would rather live – It is Israel, not an Arab country. Money can't buy you love, Dubai. And I agree with Charlie Halls comment too!

  6. Charlie Hall says:

    Just spoke to a British-born rabbi a few days ago about how a century ago there were lots of philo-Semite non-Jewish Zionists in prominent positions in the UK. Three of them (Balfour, Lloyd-George, and Churchill) would serve as Prime Minister. But those days are gone.

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