Dubai Ports Firm Enforces Arab Boycott of Israel

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3 Responses

  1. HILLEL says:

    You have wisely-resisted the demagoguery arounfd this issue.

    However, I think it is even smarter to stay out of this fight entirely. This is something that involves serious policy conerns for America, and we Jews should best keep our heads out of it lest we get crushed.

    Here is an srticle that confirms your analysis of Dubai.

  2. Ahron says:

    I don’t think I agree with R. Menken’s conclusion. As long as we know that security will be enforced by Americans, there really should not be a big problem with this arrangement (certainly not more of a problem than when Chinese companies, for example, run some US ports). I suppose though that Dubai Ports World should annul its cooperation with the anti-Israel boycott for the sale to go through. I think that is the real mystery: How was this company cleared to run the port operations in spite of its boycott stance? The Commerce Department has strong policies against that. So there may be an upside to this emotional affair if DPW ends its boycott cooperation. But assuming the absence of any funny business of the kind R. Menken mentions, I think there’s little to worry about.

  3. Bob Miller says:

    Who can justify allowing any foreign-owned entity to manage our ports or other border installations?
    This is not the same as the normal free trade practice of allowing a foreign company to trade with US companies or own US subsidiaries. Borders and ports should be treated as a special case.

    As for the UAE, as long as the US wants to pretend that the Arab Gulf states are on our side, we will see attempts to curry their favor. Which is odd since, if their own interests dictate working with us, why would we need to pay them off in any fashion?

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