In yet the latest example of how western and Islamic cultures are not compatible, word comes from Scotland that a young man from that country was working in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates, and in an incident, we in the west would not think twice about, landed himself in major league hot water.
Jamie, an electrician, had been having a drink at the with friends at a popular venue for young people in the Tecom area of Dubai when the incident took place.
Mr Harron and friend had just bought their first drink when they noticed a Jordanian man who was looking over at them from the edge of the dance floor in a ‘confrontational’ manner.
They decided to move to avoid any aggravation, but Mr Harron had to walk past the man, and as he passed, he placed his hand on the right hand side of the top of the man’s hip to ensure that when passing they didn’t bump and spill drinks ‘in a move familiar to most UK patrons of crowded pubs’.
While the man showed no sign of agitation as Jamie and his friend passed, he later became very animated before the police appeared outside.
The charge: public indecency. For trying to avoid spilling a drink in a crowded watering hole. (Isn’t Islam a “dry” religion?) Thus, Jamie Harron landed in jail with a three-year prison sentence hanging over his head, and his parents going bankrupt paying for legal help to get him out of the mess. His employer terminated his employment, so there’s no help of any sort there. According to his parents, a caterer and his wife, the British Foreign Office has not been of any assistance, either.
Graham also blasted the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for promoting Dubai as a holiday spot to British tourists, and failing to mention the risks faced by visitors.
‘People have to stop visiting that country,’ he said. ‘Since Jamie was arrested, I have researched and found that this is more common than any of us think.
‘It is unacceptable the FCO actually promotes the UAE to British tourists.’
It is also unacceptable that these incidents are not shouted from the rooftops like the protests going on in the United States (less than 200 people at a time and none of the organizers are local). Image is everything. Dubai seems like a shining, modern city. It’s just a big Muslim fly trap.