February 13, 2013, - 3:24 pm

Dubai Did What? The Double Standard on Arab Muslim & Israeli Jewish Soccer Players

By Debbie Schlussel

For over a month, the mainstream media has been publishing–and readers have been sending me–stories about Beitar Jerusalem Football Club, the Israeli pro soccer team that recently added its first Muslim soccer player. I wonder why this is news when 1) every single other Israeli pro soccer team has Arab and/or Muslim players, and 2) I have yet to read a single mainstream media news story about the lack of Jewish and/or Israeli players on any of the Gaza or Palestinian Authority soccer teams or any soccer teams anywhere in dozens of Arab and Muslim countries around the world. Or the fact that Israeli Jews can’t even enter most of these countries, period. Why isn’t that news?



Heck, Lebanese boys who were born and raised in Lebanon cannot even play on Lebanese soccer teams because they are of Palestinian descent, but the only place I read about that was in one story on an Arab media website. You’ll never see it in the New York Times or the self-hating Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), both of which drooled over reporting on Beitar Jerusalem and the unhappiness of only a few Beitar Jewish fans over hiring a man from an openly anti-Semitic religion to their team.

And, then, there is Dubai and its treatment of an Israeli Jewish soccer player, which gets no mention in either the New York Times or the JTA or any of the thousands of mainstream media news outlets that covered the story on Beitar Jerusalem. I could find only three news outlets, two of them Jewish publications, that mention the plight of Itay Shechter (also spelled, Schechter). Ironically, the third (and the original news source of the story), The National–an Abu Dhabi/United Arab Emirates news outlet–publishes this story that the New York Times and the JTA will not:

The English Premier League football team Swansea City considered cancelling their mid-season training camp in Dubai because their Israeli player would have been refused entry on grounds of his nationality, said Michael Laudrup, the club’s manager.

Instead of travelling to the UAE with the team on Monday, Itay Shechter was granted permission to train in Israel with Hapoel Tel Aviv, his former club.

Yay, separate but equal for the Jewish guy. And they dare call Israel the “apartheid” state when the real apartheid is alive and well in 22 Arab countries around the world.

He will rejoin his Swansea teammates ahead of their league match with Liverpool on Sunday.

Cancelling the trip “was a possibility, but I thought we’d just made the arrangements and then would have to change”, Laudrup said today at Dubai Sports City where his team were training.

Yup, let’s hear it for British bravery in the face of anti-Semitism. They capitulated faster than French surrender monkeys.

Swansea reportedly discovered at the end of last week that Shechter would be denied access to the UAE. Laudrup said that should a similar situation arise, Swansea would consider an alternative option to the Emirates.

“When we have to plan it then we will look into if all our players can come,” he said. “But it depends if we’re going for three days or for 10 days. Pre-season would be completely different; I would never do anything like that.”

It is not the first time an Israeli footballer has encountered problems entering Dubai. In 2009, Tamir Cohen, then of Bolton Wanderers, said he would not have travelled to the emirate for his club’s training camp, even if he had not been injured.

A guy with principle.

In 2007, Tal Ben Haim, then also a Bolton player, reportedly remained in England because of visa issues. However, Ben Haim now holds a British passport and is currently training in Dubai with his new club Queens Park Rangers.


It should also be noted that, last year, when Shechter played against a German team, German fans gave Itay Shechter a Nazi salute during a team practice. You just can’t win if you’re a Jew in the soccer world, apparently.

But, again, you don’t hear about this stuff in the mainstream media or even the mainstream self-hating Jewish media because they are too busy whining about a few fans’ reaction to Beitar Jerusalem’s new Muslim player.

Not that this double standard is new. It’s just ever-present and an evergreen story, sadly.

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19 Responses

“you don’t hear about this stuff in the mainstream media ”

Yup. Thanks to the nauseating “journOlist” agenda, we’re all getting reamed.

DS_ROCKS! on February 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm


They’ll send you links and stories about Israel’s notorious Prisoner X. Like a con who died in prison is big news, right?

But you’re right – whether Israel held a dangerous person or Jewish soccer players can’t play where No Jews Are Allowed, the Jewish people just can’t win.

That won’t change for sure in the future.

NormanF on February 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm

The appropriate response would have been to skip the game.

Worry01 on February 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Racism is now very commonly accepted..as long as it is against Jews

Toph Stewart on February 13, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Here are some free clues: Clue#1: The MSM (Mainstream media) doesn’t report stories like this because they are too busy sucking Muslim ass. Clue #2: If you are a Jew, don’t enter Dubai (Or any other rag head or Muslim country) unless you are driving a tank. They don’t like you. I have to admit it took me a long time to learn the life lesson that you are much better off not wasting your time trying to interact with people who hate your guts. Clue #3: Give up Faggot Football (Soccer) Play and watch American football, it’s a lot more fun. Soccer is about as interesting as watching paint dry or watching flies fuck. That is the reason for soccer riots. Soccer sucks so bad the fans have to do something for excitement. If I were a European, African or South American, the only reason I would go see Faggot Football would be for the riots.

RT on February 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    If I want to see a bunch of animals run after a ball I take my dog to the dog park!! Soccer is weak, boring and corrupt! REAL Football is a game played by men that you want to go to war with and not a bunch of diving sissys that fake an injury if a blade of grass rubs up against them.

    The fact that not a single teammate stood up for the Israelis that were discriminated against shows how backwards this sport is! Real men play Football, baseball, basketball or hockey!

    Kershaw on February 14, 2013 at 12:23 am

      @ Kershaw.

      With hand on heart… you are a complete and utter fool. I’m sure even the original Neanderthals had more class than those knuckledraggers on your football fields.

      Arn on February 14, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    There is infinitely more artistry and talent in what you stupidly describe as “Faggot Football” (A label as dumb as it is ugly) than in your American football. If a sport doesn’t lend itself to a mess of convoluted statistics it’s not for Americans. Americans know the value of things only by the numbers they generate. Whether it’s baseball, basketball or your football only the statistics are relevant. And these would have to be endless. You would do well to apologize.

    Arn on February 14, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Arn, the only artistry in soccer is the art of diving and faking injuries! I’d rather watch ice melt or grass grow than 90 minutes of nonsense with about 5 minutes of actual action if even that! Any sport played with a ball that doesn’t involve throwing or catching sucks! Colin Kaepernick is real athlete and I could almost guarantee that he would be superior to Messi or Ranaldo in any sport outside their own!

      There’s more action in the crowd at a soccer game than on the field

      Kershaw on February 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Great teammates there. When I read this I had visions of Shechter doing this:


You must really love sports to put up with this kind of treatment.

KerryB29 on February 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm

QUESTION: Is there a particular reason WHY English Premier League teams are holding their mid season training camp in the UAE? They haven’t always done this sort of thing. Swansea City is in Wales, so why can’t the club simply do what it always did and hold training camp in Wales? Apparently huge amounts of money is being thrown at European Soccer teams to come to Dubai, Madrid Real or Barca apparently train at the complex as well.
But honestly, what’s really going on? We wouldn’t expect the Yankees or the Lions or the Lakers to train halfway around the globe, much less in terror zones. Most US sports teams hold training camps in the state their teams located in. Always assumed Premier League Clubs did the same, guess they all dont.
Wondered if DS or anyone else found this type of thing odd, a team training not in their own country.

jimmy on February 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Remember that the media was also silent over what happened to Shahar Pe’er, who was denied entry into a WTA tournament for being Israeli.

Rocky Lore on February 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm

I know this isn’t popular but Israel used to be a Jewish state where everyone understood Jews would come first. This obsession with equality and Western; Hellenized concepts has nothing to do with Torah, and until Israel embraces Torah and accepts Jews need to be put first the State’s decline will continue.

David on February 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm

“And they [Abu Dubai/United Arab Emirates] dare call Israel the ‘apartheid’ state when the real apartheid is alive and well in 22 Arab countries around the world.”

Yes, they dare. This is coming from the same people who have been demanding that Israel withdraw from Judea, Samaria, and Gaza and have a “Palestinian” state be established in those territories when Egypt and Jordan refused to do the same when they had those same territories from 1949 until the start of the 1967 Six-Day War (Egypt–Gaza, Jordan–Judea and Samaria). Being hypocritical and worse against Israel is what they do.

JeffE on February 13, 2013 at 10:18 pm

P.S. Thanks again, Debbie for continuing to speak the truth and and fight against evil.

JeffE on February 13, 2013 at 10:48 pm

The ‘mind’ of sons of Ishmael have always been corrupt.

Jack on February 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm

How can you have a discourse with a culture that believes lying is an art-form.

Rochelle on February 14, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Shechter was playing for a German team, Kaiserslautern, a club and fan base for which Shechter has displayed affection. There is not much wrong with the linked nbc article other than that the title (Stay classy Deutschland) is deceiving. Only five to ten people, already banned from stadiums and reported to the police.

Raoul on February 18, 2013 at 11:07 pm

To be fair, expecting teams in Gaza or the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank to field Israeli/Jewish players is naive and unfair.

jixiang on June 17, 2015 at 9:50 pm

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