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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Final Nail?

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.

"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.

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

Oh no. Is this is the final nail in the coffin of the Dubai ports deal?

I am so disappointed at how this issue developed. A recent poll found that 70% of Americans are against the deal. A quick look at the cartoons published in American print media show how nowadays anything Arab is being associated with Osama Bin Laden. And what have we done to correct this? Nothing.

Update: It seems that Dubai ports does in fact deal with a large shipping company in Israel.

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