Monday, October 01, 2007

Travel Ban

Why is it that the UAE continues its stupid ancient travel ban to Israel, while Mohammed Abbar, of Emaar, can jump over to the Gaza strip via tel aviv, have coffee with Sharon, and shoot the Shit with Simon Peres ?

Have a read of what Arab news has to say on the whole Abbar issue.

I cant see the big deal over his visit. I can see that it is hypocritical that the UAE would allow Mohammed Berber to visit Israel, while I, a regular law abiding citizen, am not allowed to go there at all.

And what about the Israelis ? They let Abbar in. Theres no reason why they wouldnt let in a normal citizen, after the nessecary security checks. This is while we wont let in a tourist with an Israeli stamp on his passsport, let alone an Israeli citizen !

Its just like those backward neandrathals in Washington who dont allow Americans to goto Cuba. So much for the land of the free, eh ?.

Who the hell is anyone telling a person where he can or cant go ?

17 comments:

qadi said...

I need a good thobe for halloween: hook me up, bro.

UAE is really the hope for the Arabs: it will be the model that the rest will admire and hopefully emulate. That being said, it'll take continued moral courage from the leadership to press the case of rational modernity upon the effective voting public.

rose said...

u really wanna go 2 jewville??

rosh said...

Slow and steady, I say. Abbar's visit is a start, more shall follow. There are many Jews and those who've been to Israel visiting the UAE, today......

fuzzbang said...

"Emirates National Committee Against Normalization with the Israeli Enemy"??? wow-could they have come up with a better 'banana republic state office' sounding name? :D
At least a little bit of proper branding and PR would help here if they're serious.
I would also agree with the general principal of avoiding/boycotting Israel-on a state and individual level for their war crimes and state terror (not to mention provoking regional wars): BUT in this case-if it is as reported 'to buy settler homes' - I would applaud such a move for obvious reasons.

secretdubai said...

There are also many Jews native to various Arab countries. For example in Morocco, in Yemen, in Iran - even until very recently in Iraq.

Anonymous said...

and why not? anything for $$$$...and whatz this thing about Emaar Palestine? Is Dubai running out of coastlines??

Nasrawi said...

fyi, the ban - on people entering the UAE with Israeli stamps on their passports - has been lifted.

And not only in the Emarat, but Ba7rain and Qatar as well.

Also, it is one thing for 'Abbar to visit Israel. But a regular Arab citizen would be harrassed throughout the process - possibly before boarding the plane, then on the aircraft, then when disembarking, later at customs, possibly following baggage check and not to mention when 'they' meet you on the streets. See the human rights NGO HRA's report 'Suspected Citizens' for more on this - http://www.arabhra.org/publications/reports/index.htm.

This is what Israel is about - anti-Arabism.

'Abbar is not a regular Arab citizen - he's a diplomat, one with political clout. And that, for them, comes before his Arab identity.

dum mee said...

maybe if shaikh mohammad (bin rashid!!) went, maybe then. but i really don't see that happening!! do u?

Anonymous said...

I would never want to go to ISRAEL untill they return the land back to us MUSLIMS. DEATH TO ISRAEL

Anonymous said...

I think this is a very interesting and quite brave move. For a start it's Gaza.. Nobody else (except UNRWA) will touch Gaza with a bargepole.

Second, I always thought it was insane that the settlements in Gaza would be demolished with the Palestinaisn probably left to clean up the mess.

Of course the dwellings will no doubt be acquired by the best conneded Gazans as they are in a prime location and a very long way from the smell of the open sewers in some of the camops. They are also better plumbed in to the Israeli supplied water network!

For Emaar it is an opportunity and business is business (why is this making think of the Godfather..?) If it goes further it could create jobs for what some estimate to be the 60% unemployed Gazans and could act as a catalyst for other development in Gaza. Assuming of course that some Israeli approved deal is stitched up with the PA to get capital into Gaza in the first place!

Shoudl this work it may even suggest the possibility of a future for Gazans ... but let's not go too far!

As for Abbar "briefly met Mr Sharon in Thursday, when the two shook hands" (BBC) there's not a lot else he could have done.. the fat bastard's been in hospital for months!

Forgive anonymity of this posting!

Halib said...

The moment for creative solutions in Gaza at the hands of Emaar may have passed, or has it? Is this the end of such initiatives from these lands? Why did "An Emirati's Thoughts" decide to dig this out again after two years? Is something stirring out there? There is talk that the Gazan leadership and the Ramallah leadership being encouraged to "reunite" after the upcoming US mid east peace conference in Annapolis. Could an economic component from around these shores play a part in such an initiative?

Cairogal said...

Good point. Israelis were also admitted to the UAE a few years ago for the IMF conference.

ammaro.com said...

hey, dont get too banged up on it, you know its going to be soon where the arab countries give in and then travel to and from israel is going to be a normal day to day thing...

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Stormy said...

It is kinda of old news !!

Anyway, do you feel like going there ??!!

Anonymous said...

Man visits country. That's all there is really! Do we have to pour hatred over everything??! Grow up people...for once!

Petite For Life said...

Dubai needs more international investments, so they have to cross their boundary & give a chance to Israel to invest. Mr Mohammed Al-Babaar won't make such move without the support of the Dubai government.

Anonymous said...

Interesting comment! I think it is quite a valid positive argument, since the U.A.E is a Middle Eastern bastion of peace and the most cosmopolitan, why not open direct links with Israel.