An Israeli soccer player for a British club is being forced to skip a team visit
to Dubai because of the United Arab Emirates’ policy on Israelis entering the
The 25-year-old striker, Itay Schechter, who plays for Swansea
City, was prevented from attending the six-day group training session in the
Persian Gulf city, The Jewish Chronicle reported on Wednesday.
Arab Emirates does not have diplomatic ties with Israel, and Israeli passport
holders can be arrested and deported upon entering if they lack a special visa.
Dubai is one of the UAE’s seven emirates, or city-states.
Hamas and Dubai
have accused Israel of assassinating the terrorist group’s commander Mahmoud al-
Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel in January 2010. They allege that the plot involved a
dozen assassins using forged passports from Britain, Ireland, Germany and
France, among other countries.
Schechter, who once was 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 club ahead of a
Premier League match on Sunday, the Chronicle reported.
In 2009, the
Dubai Tennis Championship 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.