Dubai Will No Longer Allow Israelis Into the Country


al-mabouh-dubaiFollowing the assassination of a Hamas operative, Dubai police will attempt to identify Israelis traveling on foreign passports by assessing their physical features and manner of speaking upon arrival, the police chief said today.Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim said travelers suspected of being Israeli will not be allowed into the Gulf country even if they arrive with alternative passports. The Emirates will “deny entry to anyone suspected of having Israeli citizenship,” Tamim said.

The move follows the killing of a senior Hamas operative in Dubai, blamed by the Emirates authorities on Israel’s Mossad spy agency.

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was found dead in a Dubai hotel room Jan. 20. The authorities have identified at least 26 suspects of the alleged hit squad that traveled to Dubai on fake identities and forged European and Australian passports to kill al-Mabhouh.

At least 15 of the suspected killers share names with Israeli citizens, further fueling suspicions the Mossad was behind the hit.

“It is disgraceful how the killers abused European (and other) passports and UAE soil to assassinate,” Tamim told reporters at the sidelines of a security conference in Abu Dhabi.

“We will not allow those who hold Israeli passports into the UAE no matter what other passport they have,” Tamim said.

He did not explain what procedures would be used to identify the Israeli visitors, except that the police will “develop skills” to recognize Israelis by “physical features and the way they speak.”

It was also unclear if the measure would apply to Israeli athletes competing in international sports events in the Emirates and how it could affect Israel’s participation in international meetings here.

Last month, Israel’s Shachar Peer was allowed to play in a Dubai tennis tournament, a year after the event’s organizers were fined $300,000 for denying her a visa to participate in the international tournament citing security concerns.

Earlier this year an Israeli cabinet minister was allowed into the Emirates for the first time to attend a conference on alternative energy in Abu Dhabi, where International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is based. The agency’s activities have to be open to Israel because it is a member state.

Many Israelis hold passports of other countries, allowing them to travel to states that have no diplomatic relations with the Jewish state, including all Arab countries, save Egypt and Jordan.

Dubai authorities have described al-Mabhouh’s assassination as a mix of clockwork precision with spy novel flare. Some of the suspects donned fake beards or wigs, while others disguised themselves as tourists in tennis outfits with rackets in hand.

The police released a detailed flow chart-style diagram on the suspects’ alleged roles in the slaying, and distributed a map showing the numbers of 17 credit cards allegedly obtained by the suspects from financial institutions in Germany, Britain and the U.S.

On Sunday, Dubai police said al-Mahbouh’s assassins used a powerful muscle relaxant to incapacitate him before suffocating him in his hotel room. The drug found in al-Mabhouh’s bloodstream is known as succinylcholine and is frequently used by doctors to administer a breathing tube or anesthesia.

Dubai police said the assassins stuck a syringe into al-Mabhouh’s thigh to administer the drug and then suffocated him with a pillow.

Israel has maintained a policy of ambiguity on the killing, neither confirming or denying involvement.

{Washington Examiner/Noam Newscenter}


  1. Just to understand – they won’t allow anyone with an Israeli passport, Israeli features, or Israeli “speak” into the country.

    Any assassination attempt by spies is going to have people that won’t fit these descriptions. This isn’t going to stop spies / assassins, only Israelis.

    They’re using this as an excuse to choose who they don’t want in the country in the name of national security.

  2. And if we in America would have done that to all Arabs after 9/11, the uproar we would have had!
    Not that we generally need any Israeli to travel to Dubai but it definitely is a double standard!

    And to call it despicable what they did- how despicable were the crimes that Hamas ‘victim’ inflicted on Israelis?

    It’s the same pr they like to portray Israel as the aggressor- but we know the truth even if the world doesn’t.

  3. Who cares what these dumb dubains have to offer they are so stupid do they really think that the mosad (if this murder was done by them) would send 26 people to carry out the murder of one person please dubai authorities go back to first grade if you think theres any sense in that. and with regards to their racial profilling scheme well its a great idea we should implement it too although we should limit it to those that pose a security threat because I am sure they develope a certain nature which is identifiable. lets not lower ourselves to the low stupid nature of the dubains and lets not ban every person thats muslim it wont work and will only increase terrorisim