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January 7, 2014 0

United Arab Emirates Bars Another Israeli Athlete from Sporting Competition

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Dan Mori

Update: On Jan­u­ary 12, 2014, the Vitesse foot­ball team issued the fol­low­ing statement:

“In ret­ro­spect, dif­fer­ent orga­ni­za­tions have said there were options to make it pos­si­ble to travel to the UAE with Mori, who is Israeli. The com­plex­ity around orga­niz­ing travel to coun­tries with spe­cific entry pro­ce­dures in a short space of time meant not all the options were uti­lized. Vitesse regrets the com­mo­tion and offers apolo­gies to every­one who feels in any way affected by the deci­sion to exclude Mori.”

Once again, the United Arab Emi­rates has report­edly acted to pre­vent an Israeli ath­lete from enter­ing the coun­try to par­tic­i­pate in a local sport­ing event. Accord­ing to news reports, Dutch soc­cer team Vitesse Arn­hem was informed on Sat­ur­day that Israeli squad mem­ber Dan Mori would not be allowed to travel to Abu Dhabi for upcom­ing soc­cer matches, despite pre­vi­ous assur­ances that Mori would be admit­ted. Vitesse Arn­hem decided to travel to the UAE with­out Mori, a move that drew crit­i­cism from Dutch politi­cians and organizations.

The most well-known inci­dent involv­ing an Israeli ath­lete being barred from the UAE occurred in 2009 when ten­nis player Sha­har Peer was refused a visa to par­tic­i­pate in the Dubai Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship. As a result, a num­ber of inter­na­tional ten­nis stars, includ­ing Venus Williams, pub­li­cally con­demned the visa rejec­tion, and Andy Rod­dick, the 2008 men’s sin­gles cham­pion, with­drew from the tour­na­ment. The Dubai tour­na­ment was heav­ily fined for its actions. Although Peer was granted a visa to par­tic­i­pate in sub­se­quent years, her access and mobil­ity were severely lim­ited by the UAE.

A more recent episode occurred in Decem­ber 2013, when the Israeli under-18 chess team com­peted in the World Youth Chess Cham­pi­onship in Dubai. Accord­ing to reports, the UAE had ini­tially refused to allow the Israeli team to com­pete, but reversed its deci­sion after FIDE – the World Chess Fed­er­a­tion – threat­ened to nul­lify the tournament.

The dif­fi­cul­ties encoun­tered by Israeli ath­letes exist not just in the UAE but across the broader Arab world, and even when Israelis are per­mit­ted to par­tic­i­pate they often encounter severe prej­u­dice. An exam­ple of this occurred dur­ing the Octo­ber 2013 FINA Swim­ming World Cup tour­na­ment in Doha, Qatar, when orga­niz­ers report­edly removed an Israeli flag from out­side the aquatic cen­ter where the event was tak­ing place, and TV cov­er­age of a race involv­ing an Israeli swim­mer cov­ered over the Israeli flag on the screen. And dur­ing the same month, the Tunisian Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion was sus­pended from the Davis Cup for one year after Tunisian player Malek Jaziri refused to play a Davis Cup match against Israeli Amir Weintraub.

Most inter­na­tional sport­ing asso­ci­a­tions require that hosts facil­i­tate the par­tic­i­pa­tion of all ath­letes, regard­less of eth­nic­ity or nationality.

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November 20, 2013 5

UAE Book Fair Engages Readers With Anti-Semitism

The Shar­jah Inter­na­tional Book Fair (SIBF) in the United Arab Emi­rates, which report­edly attracted 1 mil­lion vis­i­tors from across the region, fea­tured sev­eral infa­mous anti-Semitic books, includ­ing the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic forgery, The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion.sharjah-book-fair-jews-adl-anti-semitism

The ten-day book fair, which con­cluded last week, was orga­nized by Depart­ment of Cul­ture and Infor­ma­tion — Shar­jah Gov­ern­ment. The mis­sion of the fair, accord­ing to orga­niz­ers, is “to cul­ti­vate the love for lit­er­a­ture among peo­ple by enrich­ing their expe­ri­ence of the writ­ten word.”

Does the Emi­rate of Shar­jah believe that pro­mot­ing hate lit­er­a­ture con­tributes to this mission?

The anti-Semitic books for sale at the fair were listed along­side main­stream books in var­i­ous cat­e­gories. For exam­ple, The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion was listed in the “Polit­i­cal Sci­ence” cat­e­gory. Among the other anti-Semitic books fea­tured at the fair were:

  • Blood for The Pie of Zion (The Jew­ish Dis­trict) by Najib Al Gailany. This novel tells a story of a Chris­t­ian priest from Dam­as­cus who was abducted by the Jews in order to use his blood for Jew­ish rit­u­als. The story details how Jews danced and cel­e­brated while Rab­bis drain the blood of the elderly catholic priest. The book was listed in the “Nov­els” cat­e­gory and sold for 15 AED, or approx­i­mately $4.
  • The Jews and the Secret Move­ments in the Cru­sades by Baha Al-Amir. The book, which sug­gests that the Jews played a role in the Cru­sades, includes an intro­duc­tion in which the author claims that “God the almighty declares in his state­ment to the peo­ple that all wars were started by Jews.” The book was listed in the “Inter­na­tional Affairs” cat­e­gory and sold for 50 AED (approx­i­mately $14).
  • Human Sac­ri­fices and Tal­mu­dic Slaugh­ter­ing by Jews and Pagans by Fathi Muham­mad Zughbi. The book was listed in the “Faith” cat­e­gory and sold for 83 AED (approx­i­mately $23).
  • Mein Kampf by Adolf Hilter. This book was listed in the “Gen­eral knowl­edge” cat­e­gory and sold for 20 AED (approx­i­mately $5).

The fair pro­vided sev­eral grants and awards in var­i­ous fields of lit­er­a­ture. In the past, it report­edly gave a grant to Gilad Atz­mon to trans­late his anti-Semitic book “The Wan­der­ing Who,” into Ara­bic

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February 1, 2013 3

UAE Official Links Israel and Jews To Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracies Via Twitter

…how fast you roman­ti­cized the Jews, couldn’t you wait a year at least… such a rush.”

Dubai Police Chief, Dahi Khal­fan, who is known for his pub­lic ani­mos­ity toward the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, is increas­ingly using anti-Israel con­spir­acy the­o­ries and anti-Semitism in his Twit­ter cam­paign against the Mus­lim Brotherhood.

Khal­fan, who also holds the rank of Lieu­tenant Gen­eral and serves as a mem­ber of the Exec­u­tive Coun­cil of the Gov­ern­ment of Dubai, has over 300 thou­sand fol­low­ers on his Twit­ter account, which he devotes pri­mar­ily to crit­i­cism the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood.

In his tweets, Khal­fan tries to dis­credit the Broth­er­hood by describ­ing nefar­i­ous alle­giance to Israel and Jews. The way Khal­fan uses these con­spir­acy the­o­ries demon­strates that no alle­ga­tion made against Jews and Israel is too absurd when it is used to stig­ma­tize and dis­credit oth­ers in Arab world.

The Jewish-Muslim Broth­er­hood alliance and the project of estab­lish­ing Greater Israel.”

On Jan­u­ary 2, for exam­ple, Khal­fan Retweeted a link to a YouTube video titled “The Jewish-Muslim Broth­er­hood alliance and the project of estab­lish­ing Greater Israel.” The video accuses the Jews of using the Broth­er­hood to achieve their goal of con­trol­ling Mus­lims and estab­lish­ing greater Israel.

Sev­eral of Khalfan’s tweets from Jan­u­ary 4 attempt to dis­credit the Broth­er­hood by sug­gest­ing that the group cares too much about Jews. For example:

  • When one of the broth­er­hood offi­cials, Essam El-Erian, called for Egypt­ian Jews to return to Egypt to accel­er­ate the destruc­tion of Israel, Khal­fan mocked the Broth­er­hood, tweet­ing, “Essam El-erian says to the Jews who left Egypt ‘Wahash­toona’ [love song: We miss you].”
  • He also tweeted, “The Mus­lim Broth­er­hood fell down in pub­lic opin­ion as their ugly creed is shown to be ‘The goal jus­ti­fies the mean’/// how fast you roman­ti­cized the Jews, couldn’t you wait a year at least… such a rush.”
  • A third tweet read, “Yes­ter­day the song of the Ikhwan­jia [Mus­lim Broth­er­hood] was: in Mil­lions we march to lib­er­ate Pales­tine, but today the Ikhwanjia’s chant ‘Oh pre­cious Jews, come back where you are, take what­ever you want’”

Below is a sam­pling of Khalfan’s tweets link­ing Israel to the Broth­er­hood, which he views as a safe­guard for Israel.

  • On Jan­u­ary 26, Khal­fan tweeted: “The Broth­er­hood is a cor­rupt group that can­not lead the Ummah [Islamic nation]. They came [to power] by an Amer­i­can choice to achieve the secu­rity of Israel — no more.”
  • On Jan­u­ary 25, Khal­fan tweeted that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are com­plicit in a Mus­lim Brotherhood’s role to pro­tect Israel: “Get the facts: the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood means ensur­ing the safety of Israel by Hamas and [Islamic] Jihad…”

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