posted on Aug, 12 2003 @ 05:06 AM
Company fined $6,000 for answering customer's question
"Is any of this stuff made in Israel?"
A Missouri company has been fined $6,000 for answering a customer's question and not reporting to the federal government that the question was asked.
The question that's punished by law is: Are any of these products made in Israel, or made of Israeli materials?
The Kansas City Star reports:
The anti-boycott 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.
We ask: Why is this question forbidden? Why is any question forbidden?
It sounds more like the USSR than the USA, to punish people for asking a forbidden question, or for not immediately reporting to the government that
someone else asked a forbidden question.
Only a few years ago, during South Africa's apartheid era, it was considered the height of good moral backbone to ask whether a product came from
that country. Today, many Americans are asking such questions about products they suspect came from France, after the French government declined to
join "Operation Iraqi Freedom."
The article doesn't make it clear whether these restrictions apply only to US companies selling stuff outside the US, or whether the law applies to
everyone. Either way, it's reprehensible.
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