"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

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Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

In the US it is illegal to boycott or organise a boycott of Israeli products, goods and services.

So you want to boycott Israel and organise boycotts of Israeli goods? - well if you live in the US - its illegal.

The Bureau of Industry and Security / Department of Commerce has a handy website laying down the law .

For example ;

Who Is Covered by the Laws?

The antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) apply to the activities of U.S. persons in the interstate or foreign commerce of the United States. The term "U.S. person" includes all individuals, corporations and unincorporated associations resident in the United States, including the permanent domestic affiliates of foreign concerns. U.S. persons also include U.S. citizens abroad (except when they reside abroad and are employed by non-U.S. persons) and the controlled in fact affiliates of domestic concerns. The test for "controlled in fact" is the ability to establish the general policies or to control the day to day operations of the foreign affiliate.

The scope of the EAR, as defined by Section 8 of the EAA, is limited to actions taken with intent to comply with, further, or support an unsanctioned foreign boycott.

It is of couse OK to boycott Cuba but those ARab league inspired efforts ...noway Jose.

It doesn't look like Naomi Klein who writes in today's Guradian Enough. It's time for a boycott The best way to end the bloody occupation is to target Israel with the kind of movement that ended apartheid in South Africa ... knows this.

She tells a heartwarming story of commercial calculation about, Richard Ramsey, managing director of a British telecom (company) specialising in voice-over-internet services, sent an email to the Israeli tech firm MobileMax: "As a result of the Israeli government action in the last few days we will no longer be in a position to consider doing business with yourself or any other Israeli company."

Ramsey says his decision wasn't political; he just didn't want to lose customers. "We can't afford to lose any of our clients," he explains, "so it was purely commercially defensive."


Stef said...

I've just read Ms Klein's latest novel and came away thinking that it was a bit on the, um, truthy side

It's always worth remembering that one of masterstrokes of the non existent Lobby is that, through repeated accusations of anti-semitism directed at anyone who criticises the only democracy in the middle east, Jewish criticism of Israel is commonly treated as being weightier than gentile criticism of Israel

which means that, whilst freely acknowledging that being Jewish is nowhere near the same thing as supporting Zionism, you run the risk of ending up with Hardcore Zionists battling with Softcore Zionists whilst everyone else looks on

Which has been Chomksy's raison d'etre for a long time now

but Noam's getting a bit long in the tooth now

Stef said...

Just to illustrate the point that you don't have to be Jewish to be a Zionist, or Zionist to be Jewish, the leading on-line voices of conservative, independently minded, libertarianism in action...

That c*nt Staines

Ian Dale

So, who's everyone going to vote for in the next UK general election then?

It's a toughie isn't it

If the Powers That Be don't come up with a political option that at least pretends to be something different there's going to be trouble

Ditto for the US when Obama gets rumbled

sam_m said...

Barry du Plessis told me that what finished S.Africa was the drying up of credit from the US Banks.
Some uppity folks in the USA began writing to their banks saying if they didn't stop lending to S.A. they'd move their accounts to banks with more discerning policies.

The grass roots movement built up momentum and the banks took fright and stuffed RSA.

Jus' sayin'.

Stef said...

Chances of the big banks turning their backs on Israel = Roughly Zero

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Anonymous said...

Isn't Naomi Klein Canadian? Anyway her appeal could be directed at private non US citizens, as well as -g_d forbid- Yamks who simply (unofficially, of course) stop buying products from you know where

Stef said...

Yup, Klein is a Canadian citizen, but that's not the reason why she can call for an Israeli boycott without being condemned as a racist

As a general rule if any apparent anti-corporate dissident is granted copious amounts of corporate media airtime I find myself asking why that person is so blessed. My best guess is usually that the person's thesis is hobbled, or limited in its scope, some way. It's often an interesting exercise trying to figure out how

Klein, for example, in her latest book, makes some very establishment friendly comments about the official 9/11 conspiracy theory. Chomsky has performed a similar service

Here's a link to Klein being interviewed about Israel in the context of the thesis of her latest book. Imho she's a frequently more truthy than truthful

Anonymous said...

vote? whats the bloody point in voting?

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