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The Dean Feb 15th 2009 9:31 pm

There will be a backlash against Dubai over this...
 
Refusing a visa to an Israeli player who has qualified by right to participate in a sporting event may seem minor, but sports-related issues have a big impact (the sports boycott of South Africa undoubtedly brought a speedier end to apartheid).

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/7891164.stm

bimcnorth Feb 15th 2009 9:35 pm

Re: There will be a backlash against Dubai over this...
 
Not in the arab world I guess...as for the others they just write down Dubai anyway :lol:

Norm_uk Feb 16th 2009 10:04 am

Re: There will be a backlash against Dubai over this...
 

Originally Posted by The Dean (Post 7288310)
Refusing a visa to an Israeli player who has qualified by right to participate in a sporting event may seem minor, but sports-related issues have a big impact (the sports boycott of South Africa undoubtedly brought a speedier end to apartheid).

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/7891164.stm

She's a tennis player, not a general in the IDF...

...Dubai's never been hurt one bit by Israel and likely benefits from all the gold that passes through Israel to Dubai anyway...bloody hypocrites.

N.

The Dean Feb 16th 2009 10:07 am

Re: There will be a backlash against Dubai over this...
 

Originally Posted by Norm_uk (Post 7289818)
She's a tennis player, not a general in the IDF...

...Dubai's never been hurt one bit by Israel and likely benefits from all the gold that passes through Israel to Dubai anyway...bloody hypocrites.

N.

Watch out for 'campaigns' calling for stars to boycott high profile sports events in Dubai (the golf thing, the tennis thing).

The publicity (always high in sports-related cases) will lead to people examining Dubai in other ways............ etc............... etc..............

lionheart Feb 16th 2009 10:14 am

Re: There will be a backlash against Dubai over this...
 

Originally Posted by The Dean (Post 7289830)
Watch out for 'campaigns' calling for stars to boycott high profile sports events in Dubai (the golf thing, the tennis thing).

The publicity (always high in sports-related cases) will lead to people examining Dubai in other ways............ etc............... etc..............

Sorry but I don't see anyone remembering this incident in 2-3 weeks time. It's not as if Israelis are automatically banned. There must have been some bureaucratic cock-up to have caused this. I believe several footballers of Israeli origin have come here in the past. Saudi no but UAE yes.

Sandboy Feb 16th 2009 11:07 am

Re: There will be a backlash against Dubai over this...
 

Originally Posted by lionheart (Post 7289849)
Sorry but I don't see anyone remembering this incident in 2-3 weeks time. It's not as if Israelis are automatically banned. There must have been some bureaucratic cock-up to have caused this. I believe several footballers of Israeli origin have come here in the past. Saudi no but UAE yes.

don't think so, Bolton left Tal Ben Haim behind when they came, then Man City ditched him sharpish as well

fortunately there's no fear of him leaving the UK while playing for Sunderland :(

Spugsy Feb 16th 2009 11:16 am

Re: There will be a backlash against Dubai over this...
 

Originally Posted by Sandboy (Post 7289954)
don't think so, Bolton left Tal Ben Haim behind when they came, then Man City ditched him sharpish as well

fortunately there's no fear of him leaving the UK while playing for Sunderland :(

Aye especially if he wants to go on holiday, he's not using our airport. :)

Blue Cat Feb 16th 2009 11:24 am

Re: There will be a backlash against Dubai over this...
 

Originally Posted by Sandboy (Post 7289954)
don't think so, Bolton left Tal Ben Haim behind when they came, then Man City ditched him sharpish as well

fortunately there's no fear of him leaving the UK while playing for Sunderland :(

:rofl::rofl::rofl:

lionheart Feb 16th 2009 11:31 am

Re: There will be a backlash against Dubai over this...
 

Originally Posted by Sandboy (Post 7289954)
don't think so, Bolton left Tal Ben Haim behind when they came, then Man City ditched him sharpish as well

fortunately there's no fear of him leaving the UK while playing for Sunderland :(

You are right. I must have been thinking about Jewish sportsmen holding non-Israeli passports. Of course the UAE won't allow Israelis into their country as there are no diplomatic relations between them. Mind you, it hasn't stopped an entrepreneur of Israeli origin investing here...the Atlantis Hotel springs to mind.

Blue Cat Feb 16th 2009 11:36 am

Re: There will be a backlash against Dubai over this...
 

Originally Posted by lionheart (Post 7290024)
You are right. I must have been thinking about Jewish sportsmen holding non-Israeli passports. Of course the UAE won't allow Israelis into their country as there are no diplomatic relations between them. Mind you, it hasn't stopped an entrepreneur of Israeli origin investing here...the Atlantis Hotel springs to mind.

and aren't the Al Fayed family originally Israeli?

lionheart Feb 16th 2009 11:38 am

Re: There will be a backlash against Dubai over this...
 

Originally Posted by Blue Cat (Post 7290041)
and aren't the Al Fayed family originally Israeli?

I thought they were Egyptian, but what do I know?

Blue Cat Feb 16th 2009 11:45 am

Re: There will be a backlash against Dubai over this...
 

Originally Posted by lionheart (Post 7290045)
I thought they were Egyptian, but what do I know?

they are now ....

Blue Cat Feb 16th 2009 11:47 am

Re: There will be a backlash against Dubai over this...
 

Originally Posted by lionheart (Post 7290045)
I thought they were Egyptian, but what do I know?

your right I checked ;)

Sandboy Feb 16th 2009 12:42 pm

Re: There will be a backlash against Dubai over this...
 

Originally Posted by Spugsy (Post 7289983)
Aye especially if he wants to go on holiday, he's not using our airport. :)

Dennis and Oz are Mackems :ohmy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azMxzCwH0oI

The Dean Feb 16th 2009 3:33 pm

Re: There will be a backlash against Dubai over this...
 

Originally Posted by lionheart (Post 7290024)
You are right. I must have been thinking about Jewish sportsmen holding non-Israeli passports. Of course the UAE won't allow Israelis into their country as there are no diplomatic relations between them. Mind you, it hasn't stopped an entrepreneur of Israeli origin investing here...the Atlantis Hotel springs to mind.

Why do two countries have to have "diplomatic relations" before citizens of one can travel to the other?

Saudi hasn't had "diplomatic relations" with Japan for years but they still import Jap cars, travel both ways on business, etc.


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