Arab League to expand Israel boycott

Thursday, April 26, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
The Arab League held a four-day conference in Damascus this week to discuss expanding its economic and trade boycott of Israel by blacklisting an additional undisclosed number of firms doing business with the Jewish state.

Representatives of 14 Arab states participated in the summit, which was held at the Arab League's official Office for the Boycott of Israel.

The presence of Saudi and Iraqi officials at the gathering was expected to cause tension with Washington, which is pressing both nations to stop enforcing the embargo.

Riyadh promised the Bush Administration in November 2005 that it would no longer implement the boycott in exchange for US support for Saudi Arabia's joining the World Trade Organization.

The Jerusalem Post revealed last week that the oil-rich kingdom continues to bar trade with Israel or allow the import of Israeli-made goods, despite its pledge.

Speakers at this week's conference hailed the ongoing embargo as an important tool in forcing Israeli diplomatic concessions.

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