Thursday, March 29, 2007

Arab Boycott (1994)

1994 Dry Bones cartoon: Arabs delay cancellation of the anti-Israel Arab Boycott... again.
Back on March 29 1994, I counted the ongoing list of reasons given by our Arab neighbors for not implementing their commitment to cancel the anti-Israeli boycott.

Thirteen years have gone by and I've stopped counting the excuses.

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For those who don't know the history of the boycott, or who think that it is anti-Israeli rather than anti-Jewish consider the following:

"Arab boycotts of Jewish interests started as early as 1921, 27 years before the establishment of Israel. The original boycott forswore with any Jewish owned business operating in the British Mandate of Palestine.

Aiming to isolate the Jewish community economically, a formal boycott was declared by the newly formed Arab League Council on December 2, 1945: 'Jewish products and manufactured goods shall be considered undesirable to the Arab countries.' All Arab 'institutions, organizations, merchants, commission agents and individuals' were called upon 'to refuse to deal in, distribute, or consume Zionist products or manufactured goods.'

Officially, the boycott covers three areas:

Products and services which originate in Israel (referred to as the primary boycott and still enforced in many Arab states)
Businesses that operate in Israel (the secondary boycott)
Businesses which have relationships with other businesses trading in Israel (the tertiary boycott)"

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