e)swear at a person who physically assaults you in circumstances where, unbeknownst to you, that person is an airport undercover security officer.In addition, Dubai announced in 2010 that it would deny entry to all Israeli’s including dualnationals travelling on a non-Israeli passport (eg Australian passport). “Dubai’s police chief, DahiKhalfan Tamim, has announced the tiny emirate will deny entry to anyone suspected of beingIsraeli, regardless of which document they use.He says police will develop skills and technology, such as voice and face profiling, to detect Israelisarriving on foreign passports.”http://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-03-02/dubai-blocks-entry-to-israelis/347188?section=world“The Emirates will seek to identify Israelis by “physical features and the way they speak.” said Lt.Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim”See:http://publicintelligence.net/dubai-blocks-entry-of-all-israelis/This ban has not been withdrawn and appears to still carry the force of law in the UAE.Qantas’s recent suggestion that Israelis can transit through Dubai without a visa appears misleadingand deceptive because it ignores the risk of arrest in transit (as highlighted by the Professor Karabusand Sun McKay cases below).
Misleading and deceptive conduct
By failing to properly warn customers of the significant risks of transiting via or visiting Dubai,Qantas may be engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct in breach of Australian consumer lawas set out below.Qantas has a duty of care to provide a safe environment for its passengers, including while they arein transit their ultimate destination. This extends to risks to personal safety, life and liberty fromlegal systems which do not conform to western standards and where passengers may innocently andignorantly commit serious crimes by behaviour which is legal and commonplace in Australia.Qantas has an obligation to not engage in misleading and deceptive conduct by silence as to therisks of transiting via the UAE. Unlike the situation where a passenger actively chooses to go to acountry where western standards of rule of law are not followed, Australian citizens travelling onthe Australian national airline to a European destination have a reasonable expectation that they will be subject to western standards of rule of law their entire trip.Furthermore, any general marketing and branding of the UAE as a modern, sophisticated, westernstyle destination will itself be misleading and deceptive if it fails to draw attention to the very un-western system of laws and a justice system that does not respect basic human rights.Dubai is regularly advertised as a suitable place for Australians to holiday or stop-over en-route toEurope and it is likely that the proposed Qantas-Emirates partnership will lead to further suchadvertising. In my submission, such advertising is misleading and deceptive because any reasonable
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