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February 13, 2013 10:47 am

Jewish Israeli Soccer Star Banned from Training With Club in Dubai

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Swansea City striker Itay Schechter with his old club FC Kaiserslautern. Photo: therealfutbol.com.

Jewish Israeli soccer star and Swansea City (UK) striker Itay Shechter has been forced to miss his club’s week-long training decampment because it’s taking place in Dubai. The UAE and Israel do not have diplomatic relations and Shechter could have been arrested and deported if he tried to enter Dubai as the United Arab Emirates does not recognize Israel as a state.

Schechter was once a victim of anti-Semitic abuse when he was given a Nazi salute during a training session. He has joined his former team in Israel, Hapoel Tel Aviv football club, to train ahead of a Premier League match this Sunday.
When reached for comment a spokesperson for the club told The Algemeiner team officials were disappointed but that their hands were tied. “We didn’t have a lot of time to change plans because the arrangements were made at the last minute,” the spokesperson said, adding that the club was made aware ahead of time that Shechter would have an issue.

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  • Suliyman

    Good, all the Israelis should be banned from traveling around the Middle East, we do not want those dirt to come to our lands.

  • ami

    Whats islam got to do with this ?? he was not allowed in dubai !! Not in gods heaven

  • Harold

    The whole Swansea outfit should hang their heads in shame but they won`t Football is all about money so much for “Kicking Racisim Out of Football” or does it only apply if your not Jewish

  • DJ

    He should travel with his team to make a point. If they turn him away, it will be a public relations disaster for Dubai and Islam in general. The Muslims get away with this kind of thing all the time because we (i.e. those who hold to civilised values and human rights) let them gewt away with it.

  • god

    and people/western govts say islam is a religion of peace and tolerence? LOL give me a break, we all know the truth about islam and that is that its a rascist backward religion thats trying to take over the world, yet if i say this, im branded a rascist, what a joke, there is no freedom in the west to say the truth, and when islam takes over we are all screwed.

  • Herb Fried

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)
    That the UK team as a whole, nor apparently any individual players didn’t leave in solidarity is a stain on their own reputations. They can still make it known that they will refuse to enter Dubai in the future as long as the policy of excluding Jews or Israelis is in effect. They can also get other teams to agree. Of course , that would take a certain amount of courage.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    So much for team solidarity. Had it been anyone else barred from entry for any other reason the team would have screamed, the British government would have been involved. But not for the Jews, sorry. We’re barely better than dogs to the British.

    • Peter

      So true. Had a player been barred because he was black or Christian, the entire team would have refused to go and the UK and everyone else would be yelling. Why, Annie Lennox would probably lead a protest march in downtown London. But because Itay is Jewish, no one cares.

  • richard sherman

    Another example of the foundational antisemetism of Islam…As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. so wisely stated in March 1968: “If you are antiZionist, then you are antisemetic.”..

  • Bathsheva Gladstone

    So, his team makes plans to go to a place that they know he can’t go. Way to go on being a team. So much for solidarity! Disgusting and unreal.

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