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Feb 28, 2006 3:01 pm


US FIRMS FINED FOR DUBAI'S BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL



The more you will learn about the deal the better you'll like it. Wrong. The more you'll learn about Dubai the less you'll like it. For example: Dubai has been a rigorous enforcer of the Arab boycott of Israel. US law prohibits American companies from cooperating directly or indirectly with the Arab governments to boycott Israel. This puts the companies between that the rock and the hard place:

On at least three separate occasions last year, the Post has learned, companies were fined by the US government's Office of Anti-boycott Compliance, an arm of the Commerce Department, on charges connected to boycott-related requests they had received from the Government of Dubai. . . .

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.

Will DPW refuse to handle Israeli goods or goods containing any Israeli ingredients? How about Danish ones? UAE is an enthusiastic boycotter to their goods. Ironically, the fact that Arla has been succumbed to their boycott of Israel did little to protect them from similar treatment.

More pertinently, how would a fallout between Dubai and the US affect the running of the 21 American ports in question?




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