Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Iraq steps up anti-Israel boycott

The Jerusalem Post reports disappointing news from Iraq, where the government, in diametric opposition to US policy, has reverted to knee-jerk hostility to Israel.

The US-backed Iraqi government is enforcing the Arab boycott of Israel with increasing frequency, The Jerusalem Post has learned, with the number of boycott-related incidents involving US firms operating in Iraq nearly quadrupling last year, according to official US statistics.

In its recently released annual report for 2006, the US Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security noted that there had been 31 cases in which the Iraqi government had engaged in restrictive trade practices last year.

In 2005, according to the previous year's report, there were a total of just eight such cases involving Iraq.

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