Who says money can’t buy you friends? The case of Dubai

by Maskil on 18 Oct 2007

Like many, I suppose, I have tended to regard Dubai, the UAE and other small Gulf states as tending towards moderate and progressive, making the right anti-Zionist noises at the right moments to deflect suspicion. This excellent article by Laura Goldman – Dubai in, Israel out? (Borse Dubai’s stake in Nasdaq could threaten Israel’s capital lifeline.) – has done much to disabuse me of this notion. The article is too important to be covered by quoting a few nuggets. The article begins:

In recent weeks, all eyes have been focused on Iran and its President Muhammad Ahmadinejad. We have been ignoring or minimizing the threat that Dubai currently poses to Israel.

Please read it in full, carefully, on the Globes online website. Articles tend not to remain available for very long, so I’ve taken the liberty of Furling it as well.

Globes [online] – Dubai in, Israel out?

Globes [online] – Dubai in, Israel out?

For more background regarding the whitewashing of Dubai’s enthusiastic participation in this holy war, please see another excellent article, this time by DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN and originally published in the NEW YORK POST (March 23, 2007), but also syndicated to a number of other worthy publications. You’ll see quite a few familiar names here, including some you may have thought of as friends of Israel…

THE past few years have seen a concerted international PR campaign to promote Dubai as a tolerant new Mecca of Middle East moderation and amazing economic growth.

And it’s working. Corporate giant Halliburton is moving its headquarters there; the famed Louvre is opening a branch in the emirate. Tourists are flocking to Dubai’s luxury hotels.

But don’t be fooled. Dubai, which is one of the seven princedoms of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is anything but tolerant and progressive.

To put it bluntly: They don’t like Jews.

In fact, Dubai, like the rest of the UAE, is blatantly anti-Semitic. It bars all Israeli citizens from ever setting foot in the country. People from other nations whose passport have stamps indicating they’ve even visited Israel must notify Dubai immigration authorities of the stamp before entering.

Dubai is also actively involved in the Arab boycott of Israel: It bans all products made in Israel and even ones with parts made in Israel.


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