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When women are depressed, they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking. --Elaine Boosler

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

GoodbyE Dubai!

I swore I wouldn't post about this but alas my conscience calls.
Dubai ports firm enforces Israel boycott

The parent company of a Dubai-based firm at the center of a political storm in the US over the purchase of American ports participates in the Arab boycott against Israel, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

The firm, Dubai Ports World, is seeking control over six major US ports, including those in New York, Miami, Philadelphia and Baltimore. It is entirely owned by the Government of Dubai via a holding company called the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCZC), which consists of the Dubai Port Authority, the Dubai Customs Department and the Jebel Ali Free Zone Area.

"Yes, of course the boycott is still in place and is still enforced," Muhammad Rashid a-Din, a staff member of the Dubai Customs Department's Office for the Boycott of Israel, told the Post in a telephone interview.

"If a product contained even some components that were made in Israel, and you wanted to import it to Dubai, it would be a problem," he said.
A-Din noted that while the head office for the anti-Israel boycott sits in Damascus, he and his fellow staff members are paid employees of the Dubai Customs Department, which is a division of the PCZC, the same Dubai government-owned entity that runs Dubai Ports World.

Moreover, the Post found that the website for Dubai's Jebel Ali Free Zone Area, which is also part of the PCZC, advises importers that they will need to comply with the terms of the boycott.

US law bars firms from complying with such requests or cooperating with attempts by Arab governments to boycott Israel.

In one instance, according to a Commerce Department press release, a New York-based exporter agreed to pay a fine for having "failed to report in a timely manner its receipts of requests from Dubai" to provide certification that its products had not been made in Israel.

What say you all now?


  • At 7:45 PM, Blogger Karl m said…

    "US law bars firms from complying with such requests or cooperating with attempts by Arab governments to boycott Israel."
    i guess that include such products as democracy,equal rights,freedom of religion,press and speech etc.

    By the way, i think it should read.

    "US law bars firms from "attempting" to comply with such request to boycott Israel". therefore you MUST NOT attempt..just go ahead and DO IT!!!

  • At 9:04 PM, Blogger LomaAlta said…

    Well, well. Here you have it. So US law is against companies complying or cooperating with racist Muslim boycots of Israel. But are government can do it? Strange morals in the White House.

    But then again it is against US law to enter this country illegally but Teddy, McCain, Specter, Bush... look the other way and are about to reward law breakers with amnesty & citizenship in the US.

    Silly me, I thought US citizenship was priceless and worth our troops dying to defend such things. We ask them to give their lives for their country (and what is more central to a country than its citizenship?) and then we give away citizenship as a reward for being a criminal. Kind of depressing.

  • At 4:39 AM, Blogger The MaryHunter said…

    Well, much as this is disturbing, and much as I support Israel, I say that I'm chillin on this DP World thing... for many reasons, most of which I shall post on sometime Thursday (if I have time, yikes it's getting late!).

  • At 7:02 AM, Blogger purplehaze said…

    I don't see how such a trade boycott is any different than the one that the US imposes on Cuba? Should the get "permission" from the all mighty oval office before they impose their own restrictions on trade with Israel?

  • At 7:08 AM, Blogger purplehaze said…

    I am certain that the United States has more laws that safeguard its little baby, Israel, at the expense of its own citizens.

  • At 7:43 AM, Blogger American Crusader said…

    This deal is not for America. I know that there are plenty who say that this has nothing to do with port security and we should help "our friends", but at what price?


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