United Arab Emerites Boycott Of Israel
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), once known as the Trucial States, is a federation of seven independent states located in the southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, which is part of, what is commonly known, as the Middle East region. A hereditary chief called an emir rules each emirate. A petroleum-rich desert country about the size of South Carolina, the United Arab Emirates became an independent country in 1971.
The city of Abu Dhabi became the provisional capital of the United Arab Emirates when it was formed in 1971.
Located on the northeastern coast of the United Arab Emirates, the city of Dubai is the capital of the emirate of Dubai and is the largest city in the UAE.
The UAE and a company called Dubai Ports World has recently become the focus of the firestorm over port security in the United States. Dubai Ports World, owned by the government of Dubai, is seeking to take over management of 6 major ports up and down the east coast of the United States from a British based company.
Just as it was announced that DPW was to take over the management of these ports, the Jerusalem Post ran an article disclosing the fact that Dubai is involved in a boycott of goods and services from Israel and, in a separate article, noted that the UAE even refuses to allow Israeli citizens to enter the country.
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.
Aside from the fact that it is against the law to boycott a country because of religious beliefs, these are despicable people. Regardless of their efforts to help us in the war on terror, Dubai Ports World should not be given the contract to manage our ports.
Note: You can read the complete law here.
Posted by Rick | March 3, 2006 12:17 PM