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JPost: Dutch soccer team ditches Israeli player for Abu Dhabi match
JTA, January 6, 2014
A Dutch soccer team is facing criticism for playing in Abu Dhabi despite the emirate’s refusal to let in the team’s Israeli defender.
Two Dutch politicians and several media criticized the team Vitesse from Arnhem over the weekend for agreeing to play in Abu Dhabi despite the refusal Saturday to let Dan Mori into the country for matches against two German teams.
Geert Wilders, leader of the rightist, pro-Israel Party for Freedom, on Sunday called the team cowardly on his Twitter account. “Vitesse shouldn’t have gone to the United Arab Emirates to protest the refusal to let Mori in. They are now accepting the emirates’ Jew-hate. Cowardly.” (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
I am really not sure what else I can add to this report, except to ask you if you are really that surprised that the Dutch would pander to Arabs.
I have no doubt that the line will be publicized about the sacrifice of the few or the one for the sake of the team, and that this was not a political decision, but rather a practical one.
We have already heard excuse in the book.