Business Under Fire For
Boycott of Israel
May 1, 2002
Chicago - May 1, 2002 (IAP News) A US auto part export company
has recently refused to sell some auto parts to an Israeli citizen
based upon the current situation in the West Bank.
"We must inform you that Texas Export will not do business
with Israeli citizens at this time," wrote John Harris, representing
Texas Automotive Export of Dripping Springs, Texas. "We urge
you to rein in your military and stop your oppression of the Palestinian
people," the letter said. "Your country has lost the respect
of the civilized world," it concluded.
A national radio talk show host named Neal Boortz decided to discuss
the incident on April 26 on his show and urged his listeners to
"pick on" the company. ( http://www.boortz.com )
In addition, the story has circulated all over the mainstream media
and Israeli press. (see links below) IAP called the company this
morning, and spoke with Mr. Harris who informed us that he as been
receiving hundreds of negative calls and death threats from supporters
Harris told IAP that he is very afraid, and despite the fact he
later wrote a letter of regret and apologized for any inconvenience
or insult that was caused by his letter, he still really needs continued
vocal and physical support as the threats are continuing to pour
The company may also come under legal fire. According to a report
in the April 28th edition of the "Israeli Insider," (http://www.israelinsider.com
) "a warning issued by the Bureau of Industry and Security
at the United States Department of Commerce, the compliance of American
businesses to "requests to engage in activities that further
or support the boycott of Israel may be prohibited by the Export
Administration Regulations and reportable to the Department."
The 1976 Tax Reform Act specifically prohibited "agreements
to refuse or actual refusal to do business with or in Israel,"
the report further read.
Harris said he received many positive calls of support, but on
the ground this is not enough to ensure his saftey and that of his
Please call Texas Automotive Export and show your thanks and support.
They can be reached at: 512-858-7216,
or e-mail them at: firstname.lastname@example.org