Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Will Grant Face A Work Permit Issue?
With Britains detained illegally in Israel following the attack on the Gaza aid convoy, West Ham and Avram Grant may find themselves unwittingly tangled up in the international incident. It seems inevitable that punitive action of some form must now be directed against the Israelis after this latest outrageous and illegal act, and coming on top of the bogus passports affair, patience may now be exhausted.
Last time, an Israeli diplomat with Mossad links was sent packing. Now a more general sanction may be put in place, with work permits for Israeli nationals declined until Israel agrees to act within the laws of the international community. Indeed, there is EU legislation that states that "every effort" must be made to fill a position with an EU citizen before a non EU resident can be given a job. In the present circumstances, the Home Office may question whether West Ham have satisfactorily met that criteria.
Grant was due to be unveiled as the West Ham manager yesterday but it did not happen. He remained in Israel for an extra day. Perhaps it will happen tomorrow. If it doesn't, watch that space very closely. Grant, along with other Israelis, may suddenly find that the world has lost patience with what is fast becoming a rogue state. Yes the Holocaust was terrible but it is not an excuse to ignore International Law 70 years after the event. If Israel won't play ball, the world may just turn its back on Israel.
Posted by Hammersfan at 11:27