In the "land of the free", companies
aren't even free to choose which countries they do business with
- that is the extent of the zionist control of the US!
Kansas City company settles charge related to boycott of Israel
By DAN MARGOLIES
The Kansas City Star
June 25, 2003
Cook Composites and Polymers Co. has agreed to pay a $6,000 fine
to settle charges that it violated Commerce Department regulations
aimed at countering the Arab boycott of Israel.
The department's Bureau of Industry and Security had charged that,
in response to a request from a customer in Bahrain, Cook had furnished
information stating that the goods being shipped were not of Israeli
origin and did not contain Israeli materials.
The bureau also charged that Cook had failed to report its receipt
of the request.
Cook, of North Kansas City, neither admitted nor denied the allegations,
but agreed to pay the $6,000 civil penalty.
The antiboycott provisions bar U.S. companies from providing information
about their business relationships with Israel. They also require
that receipt of boycott requests be reported to the Bureau of Industry
and Security, formerly known as the Bureau of Export Administration.
Cook's chief executive, Charles Bennett, was in Paris this week
and unavailable for comment. A spokeswoman for the company, Rita
Durocher, said the fine marked the first time Cook has had a run-in
with a federal agency.
"If you go back and look at our record, we've been flawless
with other government agencies," she said.
Cook makes polyester gels and other coating resins. It operates
plants throughout North America.
The settlement with the Commerce Department came after the Bush
administration in November warned U.S. companies not to heed calls
to boycott Israeli goods and services. The warning followed a call
by the 22-member Arab League to reactivate its decades-long boycott
In a statement released at the time by the department, Commerce
Undersecretary for Industry and Security Kenneth Juster reminded
American companies that the "U.S. government is strongly opposed
to restrictive trade practices or boycotts targeted against Israel."
Knowing violators of the anti-boycott provisions face fines of
up to $50,000, or five times the value of the exports at issue,
and possible imprisonment. Offenders can also be denied export privileges.
The Bureau of Industry and Security says it has imposed more than
$26 million in fines for violations of the provisions.
More than a decade ago, the Commerce Department sent compliance
officers to Kansas City to check out tips that Marion Merrell Dow
Inc. and Marley Cooling Tower Co. may have cooperated with the Arab
boycott. Nothing came of the investigation, and no penalties were
In Cook's case, the Bureau of Industry and Security charged that
Cook failed to report a letter of credit it received on Dec. 1,
1997, from ABN AMRO Bank in Manama, Bahrain. The letter asked it
to confirm that the goods being shipped "are not of Israeli
origin nor do they contain any Israeli"material.
The bureau also charged that on Jan. 20, 1998, Cook, through its
freight forwarder, provided a U.S. bank with a copy of a commercial
invoice confirming that the goods were not of Israeli origin and
did not contain Israeli material.
Cook, with 558 employees overall and 120 employees locally, is
one of North Kansas City's biggest employers. The company bills
itself as the No. 1 producer of gel coats in the world and, together
with affiliated companies, the No. 2 producer of resins.
Since 1990, Cook has had a joint venture relationship with the
chemicals division of TotalFinaElf, a multibillion-dollar petrochemicals
giant based in Paris.