Inside the Middle East
August 8, 2010
Posted: 1249 GMT

From Inside the Middle East's August show.

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From Tracey Holmes, CNN

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) - Pearl diving is now a rarity in the UAE, but dhows, the boats traditionally used for pearling, are making a comeback as the racing boat of choice for a generation of younger Emiratis.

Before oil was discovered in the region, locals made their living as pearl divers. The men would go to sea for months at a time and, while it sounds romantic, life was tough.

Today, pearl diving has almost disappeared, but young Emiratis are rediscovering dhows - not for pearling, but for racing.

Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) has been organizing dhow races since 1991. But who wins and loses isn't as important as keeping tradition alive.

DIMC managing director Saeed Harib told CNN: "They receive good prize money. They receive some money from the owners, but in the end they are maintaining our heritage."

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Smith in Oregon   August 9th, 2010 1:40 am ET

Congratulations to Fareed Zakaria, the CNN host and Newsweek columnist for returning a prize awarded to him from the Anti-Defamation League, another rebuke for the esteemed civil rights group's opposition to an Islamic center near ground zero.

Zakaria, who received the ADL's Hubert Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize five years ago, gave back the honor to ADL for publicly siding "with those urging the relocation" of the center, which would be located near the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

"I cannot in good conscience hold onto the award or the honorarium that came with it and am returning both," he said.

Israel has not yet said if it would refuse Zakaria from ever entering Israel in the future, bulldoze any of his associates homes or have the IDF Mossad call upon him.

Ruth   August 9th, 2010 6:38 pm ET

It was no surprise that the United States and Israel walked out of a United Nations conference on racism as soon as Israel came in for criticism. It is, however, a disgrace. Israel certainly is a racist state. Its own human-rights advocates call it that. The claim that Israel doesn't discriminate against non-Jews is absurd on its face.

Suppose, for example, the U.S. Congress passed a law that said the United States is a Christian, Anglo-Saxon nation and that any Christian, Anglo-Saxon person anywhere in the world is automatically eligible to become a citizen. Do you seriously think the Anti-Defamation League would not have a conniption fit and scream racism?

Well, Israel has such a law for Jews. Thus a Russian Jew, for example, can become a citizen, but a Palestinian driven out of his own country in 1948 cannot return.

Suppose, for another example, a group of wealthy people established the Christian National Fund. This fund would be used to purchase property. Once purchased, the property could never be sold to, rented to or leased to a non-Christian. Would that not be called discrimination? Well, there is such a fund called the Jewish National Fund, which has all of those restrictions on the property it owns. It played a great part in establishing Israel.

And, of course, if American officials routinely issued building permits to Christian Anglo-Saxons while denying them to Jews or other groups, that would be considered racist. And neighborhoods that denied non-Christians an opportunity to buy or rent would likewise be considered racist. All of these forms of discrimination are practiced in Israel against Palestinians.

The language that caused the United States to leave the conference was in a resolution passed by 3,000 non-governmental organizations in 44 regional and interest-based caucuses, according to the Indian Express. Some American news reports have made it seem like it was an Arab-only move. I'd say the United States is definitely in a minority, as it usually is when it defends Israel - not on the basis of facts, but on the basis of the power of the Zionist lobby in the United States.

Fortunately, a growing number of American Jews are beginning to defy the slanders of the Zionist lobby and speak out against the human-rights abuses Israel inflicts on the Palestinians.

That indeed is the duty of all people of conscience. Acts that would be unacceptable in the United States cannot be condoned simply because they are done by Israelis to Palestinians. That in itself is a racist attitude.

In the meantime, much of the American press is allowing the Israeli government to dictate its language for propaganda purposes. If the Israelis wish to refer to assassinations as "targeted killing," that's their business, but American journalism should call them what they are - assassinations. Assassination of political opponents, collective punishments inflicted on innocent people, confiscation of property, restriction of movements and employing military engines of destruction against an unarmed population are all considered crimes against humanity. Employing tanks against unarmed demonstrators in the West Bank and Gaza is no different than employing tanks against unarmed demonstrators in Tiananmen Square.

You might want to meditate on why the American reaction is different even though the circumstances are similar.

It is also useful to keep George Washington's warning constantly in mind: "Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence - I conjure you to believe me, fellow citizens - the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government."

Zionism is foreign influence.

miriam   August 10th, 2010 11:30 am ET


What does the ADL have to do with Israel?

What does Zakaria have to do with pearl boat racing in Dubai?

miriam   August 10th, 2010 11:47 am ET

Ruth, aka Charley,

No thanks for your copy and paste by a self-admitting anti-Zionist and anti-semite.

The events of the day following the publication of this hate 9 years ago are evidence of the results of such incitement and the actions of those who are the source for such propaganda.

John A   August 10th, 2010 8:51 pm ET

Ruth great blog, shame Miriams only answer is the false and nauseating cry of anti semite. But if being an anti semite mean asking for justice, then we should all be proud to be anti semite. Even Americas Jews are rejecting Zionists claims of anti semite, which are made every time Israel is faced with the undeniable fact that it acts with extreme criminality.

Zionists are racist war criminals. it is the duty of all decent people to oppose them. Well done Ruth!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope   August 12th, 2010 2:28 am ET


9 years ago..9 days ago, 9 hours ago, 9 minutes ego. Nothing changed!. Israel is, and still is a racist country!!. You can read this 9 years from now, and will make sense all over again.

You have to agree though, Israel's résumé of human-rights abuses inflicted on the Palestinians multiplied with time!!!. There is nothing anti semitic about what is said. Printing facts (old-current) about Israel's hateful malevolence towards the Palestinians is not anti-semitic. The irony about this young as school children, are programmed in (academic institutions-churches-media) to believe anything "bad" said against Israel is anti-semitic. A malady that needs treatment. Israel has to be exposed for what it is– A racist country.

Thank you for the copy and paste...

miriam   August 12th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

John A and Hope,

Too bad.

Despite your attempts to cover for him,the author has admitted being anti-semitic.

Israel is the Jewish state re-established after centuries of massacres and discrimination against the Jewish people.

There is nothing racist in there being a state where Jews can live under their own leaders, with privileges denied to them in varying degrees everywhere else in the world.

The fact that in contrast to other countries of the world who deny entry or residency to people of other faiths or discriminate against minorities, the Jewish state allows equal rights to all its citizens whatever their religion or race.

Israel is imperfect but only racist bigots would expect the Jewish state to be some kind of utopia and if not, the target of persistent, un-paralleled deligitimization and demonization.

Hope   August 16th, 2010 4:55 am ET

Huh?!?..Get real miriam–Israel is in the processes of annihilating the Palestinian people from the face of this planet, and you're moaning about what? Give me a break...

miriam   August 17th, 2010 12:47 pm ET


And that is why the Palestinian population in the territories continues to grow, have a longer life-expectancy, lower infant mortality, have more rights and live in better conditions than most Arabs in the ME while the governments of Syria and Lebanon have discriminated against them for over 60 years, denying them citizenship, medical care and jobs, with Jordan also recently removing the citizenship of many.

It is indeed time for you to take a break and refrain from spreading lies and hate.

John A   August 25th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

Miriam before 1947 Palestinians had more land and owned their own homes. If Palestinians have not lost their land, where did Israel magically come from in 1947?

Again, if being anti semitic means resisting racist and dishonest Jews who wage war on civilians to rob them of their land, then every right minded person should be anti semitic.

Whose home does Miriams immigrant Jewish family occupy. There are only two answers, either she robbed a Palestinian or had a new home built by robbing the American tax payer who has funded Israel.

Not surprising that the thiefs are always in an eternal state of denial.

Live Cams   September 2nd, 2010 4:42 pm ET

What I don’t get (other than how we can have such an idiot for a president) is why would the Muslims even want this??? They have to know that it will only breed more anger towards them. The good news is this may be the straw that breaks the camels back to bring the U.S.A. back to a true United Country. I do feel so sorry for the poor souls that lost loved ones in 911, what a total slap in their face. I’m sorry.

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