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Answers Begin to Emerge About Dubai Ports World

Hmmmmm, could their participation in the boycott of Isreal  be the death-knell of the DPW deal, as is now being reported? I found this story last night but was too tired from wading through all the multitude of comments on LST to share.

“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.

Oh yeah, in case you haven’t heard, it’s illegal in the US to “participate in the boycott of Israel,” or to do business with someone who does participate.

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.

Of course, now I’m hearing on Fox News that the “head” of DPW said that Israel is one of the biggest customers of the port company. And also, of course, I can’t find a “print” source for that story. So I’ll end this by saying that it just keeps getting stranger and stranger – a company which will not import a product with even “some components that originate in Israel” claims that Israel is one of their biggest customers. What’s that line about strange bedfellows?  Perhaps the folks at DPW find nothing strange about allowing nothing made in Israel into their country unless, of course, it is money!


March 1, 2006 - Posted by | Life and Ramblings

1 Comment »

  1. Check this story out.

    NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–The U.S. intelligence community assessed the threat from a Dubai-owned company operating some U.S. shipping terminals as low, the top U.S. intelligence official told a Senate hearing Tuesday, according to Cable News Network.

    John Negroponte, national director of intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee there were “no red flags” when intelligence agencies conducted a one-month inquiry into Dubai Ports World’s (DPW.YY) takeover of Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. (PO.LN), CNN reported on its Web site.

    Comment by notapundit | March 1, 2006 | Reply

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