[Marxism] Boycott Japan and China (was The Case For Boycotting Israel and the United States)

Ralph Johansen mdriscoll at earthlink.net
Tue Aug 8 19:33:18 MDT 2006


4-year old news item:

[US laws ban the participation by US nationals and companies in 
unsanctioned foreign government trade boycotts, especially the Arab 
League's boycott of Israel.]

BBC NEWS
Tuesday, 5 November, 2002, 09:45 GMT
US warns companies over Israel boycott
Egyptian protestors

Photo: Egyptian students are protesting against Israel

The United States has threatened to fine US companies that take part in 
an Arab led economic boycott of Israel.

"The US government is strongly opposed to restrictive trade practices or 
boycotts targeted at Israel," said Undersecretary of Commerce for 
Industry and Security Kenneth Juster.

"The Commerce Department is closely monitoring efforts that appear to be 
made to reinvigorate the Arab boycott of Israel and will use all of its 
resources to vigorously enforce US anti-boycott regulations."

Mr Juster's threat came after 18 of the 22 members of the Arab League 
agreed to "reactivate" a half-century-old ban on trade with Israel last 
week.

US laws ban the participation by US nationals and companies in 
unsanctioned foreign government trade boycotts, especially the Arab 
League's boycott of Israel.

The Department of Commerce has issued more than $26m (£16.7m) in fines 
and turned down export licences to those found violating the law.

Renewed boycott

"It is necessary to reactivate the Arab boycott of Israel and combat the 
importation of Israeli products to Arab countries," said the League 
after a meeting of the Boycott Office of Israel (BOI).

League members Egypt, Jordan and Mauritania - which maintain diplomatic 
ties with Israel - and Somalia did not attend the meeting.

"The economic boycott of Israel is a peaceful, legal and noble means of 
struggle against the enemy and is aimed at preserving security and 
peace," the League said in a statement after the meeting.

Most Arab countries softened their stance after the Gulf War 10 years 
ago and the launch of the Middle East peace process.

The BOI met again for the first time in eight years last October, when 
it drew up a list of 15 firms to be black-listed, but the list remained 
unpublished.

The next meeting will take place in the Syrian capital, Damascus, in April.




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